[Question #3858] Follow up to #3297

32 months ago
Regarding the same incident I described before. I know this is unlikely but if the women had a syphilis legion on her hand or secondary syphilis rash, could it be passed during a normal non sexual massage? I ended up doing a single syphilis RPR @ 10 weeks it was negative. I really haven't had any rash that I've noticed and don't remember a chancre. Other than the chancre soar I had on the inside of my lip 2 weeks ago (typical very painful, not painless). Would my 10 week RPR br conclusive? 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
32 months ago
There are elements of your follow-up post which are a bit repetitive.  I'm sorry you continue to worry about this encounter.  I have already told you that this exposure was no risk and that is still the case.   Syphilis is a relatively rare STI and the chance that you masseuse has syphilis is miniscule.   I have never seen a syphilis chancre on the palm of a person's hand and the rash of secondary syphilis is not infectious unless it is ulcerative and moist.  A 10 week RPR is conclusive and proves that you did not get syphilis from the exposure you have described.  EWH
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