2013 MAY 6 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- Research findings on Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are discussed in a new report. According to news originating from Dublin, Ireland, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "No cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) abnormalities are found in HIV-positive patients in long-term follow-up after standard syphilis treatment. Syphilis has been reported to have immunological effects on HIV infection and HIV is known to modulate both the manifestations of syphilis and the serological response to therapy."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the Department of Genitourinary Medicine and Infectious Diseases, "HIV-positive patients who had been diagnosed with and treated for syphilis prior to 2007 were identified. Patients were consented for lumbar puncture. Serum HIV viral load, CD4 count and CSF were recorded. Thirty-five patients with previously diagnosed and treated syphilis underwent lumbar puncture. Thirty-four patients had a normal neurological exam. Only one patient had an abnormal mean white cell count (10.7 cells per high-power field)."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The finding that those with previously diagnosed syphilis had normal CSF and clinical findings is reassuring and supports the practice of using standard syphilis therapy in HIV-positive patients."
For more information on this research see: Long-term neurological follow-up of HIV-positive patients diagnosed with syphilis. International Journal of Std & Aids, 2012;23(9):676-8 (see also Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)).
The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from E.G. Muldoon, Dept. of Genitourinary Medicine and Infectious Diseases, St James's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.
Keywords for this news article include: Dublin, Europe, Ireland, HIV/AIDS, Syphilis, RNA Viruses, Retroviridae, HIV Infections, Vertebrate Viruses, Primate Lentiviruses, Opportunistic Infections, Bacterial Infections and Mycoses, Viral Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), Bacterial Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
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