Syphilis - Treatment Overview

Prompt treatment of syphilis is needed to cure the infection, prevent complications, and prevent the spread of the infection to others.

  • Antibiotics effectively treat syphilis during any stage.
  • Antibiotic treatment cannot reverse the damage caused by complications of late-stage syphilis, but it can prevent further complications.
  • Follow-up blood tests are done to make sure that treatment has been effective.
  • Sex partners of a person who has syphilis need to be examined, tested, and treated for syphilis. Antibiotic treatment is recommended for all exposed sex partners.

Penicillin is the preferred drug for treating syphilis. Penicillin is the standard therapy for the treatment of neurosyphilis, congenital syphilis, or syphilis acquired or detected during pregnancy. If you are allergic to penicillin, make sure you tell your doctor. Your doctor will still be able to treat the syphilis but may consult with a specialist on the best antibiotic choice.

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