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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 19-22

Malignant syphilis with human immunodeficiency virus infection

Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, RMMCH, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, India

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Jiby Rajan
House No. 204, Muthiah Nagar Main Road, Muthiah Nagar, Chidambaram 608 002
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5178.79864

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Malignant syphilis or Lues maligna, commonly reported in the pre-antibiotic era, has now seen a resurgence with the advent of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Immunosuppression and sexual promiscuity set the stage for this deadly association of HIV and Treponema pallidum that can manifest atypically and can prove to cause diagnostic problems. We report one such case in a 30-year-old female who responded favorably to treatment with penicillin.

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