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Sexually Transmitted Diseases:
doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000143
Case Report

Syphilitic Hepatitis Treated With Doxycycline in an HIV-Infected Patient and Review of the Literature

Bork, Jacqueline T. MD*†; Macharia, Thomas MD*†; Choi, Julia MD; Gilliam, Bruce L. MD*†; Buchwald, Ulrike K. MD*†

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Abstract: An HIV-infected male patient who had sex with men and with a penicillin allergy presented with liver dysfunction due to secondary syphilis and was successfully treated with doxycycline. This case highlights that syphilitic hepatitis may be overlooked in this particular population, and health care providers should be attuned to this diagnosis. Doxycycline may be an acceptable alternative to penicillin for treatment of this clinical syndrome.

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