I am a white woman in my 30's from the southern region of the United States.
My boyfriend and I split up for about a month, begining in October, 2011. We reconcilled in mid November, 2011 (about 5-6 weeks ago).
During the separation, he had an unprotected sexual encounter with a woman, which amounted to two acts of vaginal sex (both unprotected).
I was not made aware of this encounter until after he and I had unprotected sex (the relationship between he and I is 4 years on, and he had negative result blood tests prior to any unprotected activity between us 14 months ago).
At my annual ob/gyn appointment on Dec. 14 (6 days ago), I informed my doctor of the situation, and he took blood samples. Yesterday, I learned that I have contracted Syphilis. I am waiting to be referred to a specialist.
My question is this... I know that these activities have put both he and I at risk for HIV. Is the risk of HIV higher due to the syphilis, or since he had not yet developed ulcers, is it irrelevant?
Presence of STDs like Syphilis is a risk factor and a indicator, that your boyfriend might also be having other STDs like Hepatitis B, Herpes, and HIV, which he might have contracted from his sex partner while both of you were separated.
It is true, that the risk of HIV transmission to the individual, is higher when he has active ulcers on his genitalia, than without them. This is because, the open ulcers increase the chances of infection, proportionately due to increase in infective surface areas .
You might consult your doctor and get tested for other STDs including HIV, hepatitis B, Herpes, etc.
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