Female-to-female transmission of syphilis: a case report

Sex Transm Dis. 2002 Feb;29(2):119-20. doi: 10.1097/00007435-200202000-00010.

Abstract

Background: The rate of transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections from female to female is a matter of debate. Sexually transmitted disease among lesbians and female bisexuals is usually associated with sexual contact with men or intravenous drug use. There is little evidence that female-to-female transmission of syphilis can occur.

Goals: To demonstrate that female-to-female transmission of syphilis can occur through oral-genital sex.

Study design: Case report of syphilis transmission from one female to another through oral-genital sex.

Conclusion: Female-to-female transmission of syphilis can occur through oral-genital sex.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Disease Transmission, Infectious*
  • Female
  • Homosexuality, Female*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Syphilis / diagnosis*
  • Syphilis / transmission*