Benign tertiary syphilis and HIV infection

AIDS. 1988 Aug;2(4):315-6. doi: 10.1097/00002030-198808000-00012.


Benign tertiary (gummatous) syphilis has virtually disappeared [1]. Two homosexual men with gummata have presented to genitourinary medicine clinics in west London in recent months. They both had antibodies to HIV. It is possible that otherwise adequately treated syphilis has progressed to the tertiary stage as a consequence of HIV infection and modification of the immune response.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / complications*
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / immunology
  • HIV Antibodies / analysis
  • Homosexuality
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurosyphilis / complications*


  • HIV Antibodies