Secondary syphilis and human immunodeficiency virus coinfection

  • Ayşe İnci Department of Infectious Disease and Clinical Microbiology, Kanuni Sultan Suleyman Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Sibel Ceylan Department of Dermatology, Kanuni Sultan Suleyman Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Birgül Mete Department of Infectious Disease and Clinical Microbiology, Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey
Keywords: Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, human immunodeficiency virus, syphilis

Abstract

Since it was first defined, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome has become one of the most studied infectious diseases. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted chronic infection, which can affect all systems and organs with different clinical stages, and Treponema pallidum, a member of the spirochete family, is the agent. Syphilis has led to numerous epidemics worldwide, which started in the 1990s and still ongoing with the increase of HIV-infected patients. Despite the decline in the United States and Europe, it has increased since 2000. It is noteworthy that syphilis shows high rates of coinfection with HIV and HIV-infection may alter the clinical signs of syphilis. Since these two infections can be frequently seen together, all HIV-infected patients should be tested for syphilis. In this report, a case with HIV coinfection with the secondary syphilitic skin lesions is presented.

Author Biographies

Ayşe İnci, Department of Infectious Disease and Clinical Microbiology, Kanuni Sultan Suleyman Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

Department of Infectious Disease and Clinical Microbiology, Kanuni Sultan Suleyman Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

Sibel Ceylan, Department of Dermatology, Kanuni Sultan Suleyman Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

Department of Dermatology, Kanuni Sultan Suleyman Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

Birgül Mete, Department of Infectious Disease and Clinical Microbiology, Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey

Department of Infectious Disease and Clinical Microbiology, Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey

Secondary syphilis and human immunodeficiency virus
Published
2016-06-30
How to Cite
İnci, A., Ceylan, S., & Mete, B. (2016). Secondary syphilis and human immunodeficiency virus coinfection. Disease and Molecular Medicine, 4(2), 21-23. https://doi.org/10.5455/dmm.20160707102329
Section
Case Report