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Can Syphilis Be Contracted Through Non-penetrative Sexual Activity With An Infected Person?

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Posted on Thu, 9 Nov 2017
Question: Can Syphillis be spread if the infected person does not have any sores?

Semi related question. If person A was exposed to syphillis by having oral sex performed on their penis by person B (who has Syphillis and performed the oral sex on person A) and then person A performed oral sex on the vagina of person C less than 24 hours after person A was exposed to Syphillis from person B.

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Answered by Dr. Dr. Kakkar (25 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Regarding syphilis

Detailed Answer:
Hello. thank you.

I am Dr. kakkar(Dermatologist &Venereologist). I have noted your concern.

After infection with treponema pallidum a primary chancre usually develops at the site of infection on an average 3 weeks after infection. This is then followed by systemic dissemination that is characteristics of secondary stage of syphilis and manifests as skin rash and mucosal lesions This transition from primary to secondary syphilis usually happens after several weeks of infection. Therefore it is unlikely that a possible infection acquired on your penis would have disseminated to your oral mucosa within 24hours. So the scenario that you mentioned is highly unlikely.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Kakkar (27 minutes later)
Thank you - and to confirm, the ONLY was to contract / spread Syphillis is with direct contact with an infected person's Syphillis sores - correct?

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Answered by Dr. Dr. Kakkar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Regarding syphilis

Detailed Answer:
hi.

yes, you are right.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Can Syphilis Be Contracted Through Non-penetrative Sexual Activity With An Infected Person?

Brief Answer: Regarding syphilis Detailed Answer: Hello. thank you. I am Dr. kakkar(Dermatologist &Venereologist). I have noted your concern. After infection with treponema pallidum a primary chancre usually develops at the site of infection on an average 3 weeks after infection. This is then followed by systemic dissemination that is characteristics of secondary stage of syphilis and manifests as skin rash and mucosal lesions This transition from primary to secondary syphilis usually happens after several weeks of infection. Therefore it is unlikely that a possible infection acquired on your penis would have disseminated to your oral mucosa within 24hours. So the scenario that you mentioned is highly unlikely. Regards Regards