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Syphilis Santa Monica, CA

If left untreated, syphilis can have serious complications; however, with proper treatment, this bacterial infection can be easily cured. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that advances in stages. It can be spread through direct contact with an infected area during sex. Syphilis sores appear on the vagina, penis, rectum, lips or in the mouth of the infected individuals. This disease can also spread from an infected mother to her unborn child.

Testing for syphilis involves a blood test. It can also be diagnosed by testing fluid from a syphilis sore. When the right antibiotics are used, the disease can be cured. Unfortunately, if not caught in time, any damage that the virus has caused will most likely be permanent.

Your body does not build up an immunity to syphilis, so even though you may have been successfully treated for the disease, you will be able to contract it again if you have unprotected sex with an infected person. It is important to tell your sex partner that you have syphilis so he or she can be treated as well. To ensure that treatment for syphilis is successful, you are advised to have follow-up testing.

Syphilis Symptoms

The symptoms of syphilis depend on the stage of the disease. The primary stage may present with one or more sores. These sores can go unnoticed because they are painless. The sores may last up to six weeks and will heal on their own regardless of treatment. Without treatment, the disease moves to the second stage.

The secondary stage may present with skin rashes. Mucous membrane lesions may also be visible. They may occur in your mouth, vagina or anus. The secondary stage can appear before the sores are healed or weeks after healing. As in the first stage, symptoms will go away on their own, but if not treated, the disease will progress to either the latent stage where there are no visible symptoms, or to the tertiary stage.

Syphilis can be latent for years or decades. If treatment does not happen, and the third stage appears, serious complications can develop. The tertiary stage of syphilis can include damage to internal organs. Damage to the brain, heart and nervous system can develop. This stage usually develops after the infection has been in the body for ten or more years.

Anyone who has had unprotected sex should get tested for STDs, including syphilis. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael for a screening. Early treatment can stop the effects of syphilis and cure the infection.

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Brent J. Michael, MD

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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