Atypical early syphilis in an HIV-infected homosexual male

M. Cusini, R. Zerboni, S. Mura tori, M. Monti, E. Alessi

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A homosexual male, seropositive to HIV and with previously documented syphilitic infections, developed a slowly growing nodule on his left wrist (possibly a chancre) followed, after 2 months, by a few scattered, large papular lesions. Serological evidence of active syphilis was obtained and treponema were identified in the initial lesion by means of immunofluorescent staining. Treatment with both aqueous crystalline penicillin G and benzathine penicillin G healed the lesions. This represents a further case of an atypical presentation of early syphilis in an immunocompromised host.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)300-304
Number of pages5
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1988


  • Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
  • Human immunodeficiency virus infection
  • Syphilis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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