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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 145-149

Clinicopathological features of secondary syphilis in a human immunodeficiency virus-infected teenager

1 Internal Medicine Resident, General Hospital ISSSTE, Queretaro, Mexico
2 Department of Dermatopathology, General Hospital SESEQ, Queretaro, Mexico
3 Pediatric dermatologist, Private Practice, Queretaro, Mexico
4 Pediatric Infectologist, Private practice, Queretaro, Mexico

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ana San Juan Romero
ISSSTE Hospital General de Queretaro. Av Tecnologico 101, Las Campanas, 76000 Santiago de Queretaro, Queretaro
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijpd.ijpd_118_21

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Syphilis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are both sexually transmitted diseases that affect the same risk group practices, which make co-infection common. Syphilis-infected individuals typically follow a disease course divided into primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary stages. Atypical manifestations, fulminant presentation, serological irregularities, and treatment failures appear more frequently in HIV-seropositive patients. We present the case of a 15-year-old boy with a penicillin allergy who developed dermatological and systemic manifestations in which laboratorial and histopathological studies corresponded to a syphilis-HIV co-infection with a positive response to treatment.

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