Last week, I noticed a rash on my hands and feet. I went to the clinic and was diagnosed with syphilis. I felt so embarrassed, I have never had any sexual disease before. The doctor said I should tell my sex partner, but I don't even know who to. The only thing I remember is that I was feeling very depressed one night and I went to a club. I drank and dance with several men that night.
The following morning, I woke up in my bed fully clad in the clothes I wore to the club, minus my underwear. What had me worried was a note I saw beside me which read : "It was good to be here, I enjoyed every moment". I could not tell anyone, I could only suspect what happened. I can only guess that I got infected that night. I got an injection and was invited by the nurse to return sometime next month. The rash is gone.
The injection seems to work well. Do I have to go back to the clinic?. Can I start having sex now; the doctor had told me not to stop until I'm cured.
Dear Not Sure,
Yes, you must keep your appointment and please follow other instructions given to you by your health-care provider, including not to have sex until you are fully cured. Just because the rash is gone does not mean that you are completely cured. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that should not be taken lightly; if you are untreated or not treated properly, you may develop serious complications.
In the future, you may want to consider going to places such as clubs with someone or people you know very well. Remember that alcohol impairs the judgement.
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