Journal of Infectious Diseases & Preventive Medicine

Journal of Infectious Diseases & Preventive Medicine
Open Access

ISSN: 2329-8731


Yaws and Pinta - The Pain is Gone but the Memories Remain

Alwyn Rapose

An 84 year old lady was referred for an Infectious Diseases (ID) consultation when she was detected positive for the Rapid Plasma Reagin (RPR) test. She denied history of any genital sore or other sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the past and could not understand how she could have contracted an STI. When she was offered treatment with weekly injections of penicillin, she informed the consultant that she remembered receiving weekly penicillin injections when she was 8 or 10 years old. Detailed inquiry led to a probable diagnosis of non-venereal treponemal diseases yaws or pinta.