A 62yo white male presented to same day clinic with an erythematous nodular rash. He was initially treated with antibiotics for a furunculosis, but the rash worsened and he was eventually found to have secondary syphilis. He is an MSM who had a prior history of syphilis, putting him at high risk for STI’s and HIV, and should have been undergoing annual screening. He was found to be HIV positive. The rates of STI’s and HIV are increasing in older Americans. Despite this, physicians do not regularly screen this population for unsafe sexual behavior. This case emphasizes the importance of taking a sexual history in older patients, assessing their risk for STI’s and HIV, and providing them with education about safe sex.
Recommended CitationDeJoseph, MD, Daniel; Studdiford, MD, James; Stonehouse, MD, Amber; and Careyva, MD, Beth, "Persistent Nodular Rash in an Elderly Patient" (2009). Department of Family & Community Medicine Faculty Papers. Paper 16.