Patient had syphilis for 50 years before diagnosis
A 77-year-old Australian man has finally been treated for neurosyphilis, after possibly acquiring the infection during a tryst half a century ago, doctors report.
The man, who’d had several brief admissions for presyncope and falls, reported being in a monogamous relationship for decades.
“Prior to his monogamous relationship with his partner, he vaguely recalls having unprotected sexual relations in his teens, almost 50 years ago,” the doctors from Royal Adelaide hospital wrote.
“He denies being treated for any