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What happens after treatment for syphilis?

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After treatment for syphilis, make sure you take all of your medication (pills or additional injections), even if your symptoms go away during treatment.

Your doctor will likely order blood tests or exams to make sure you’re responding to the antibiotics as expected. He may ask you to talk with your sex partners so they may get tested and treated if needed. And, he’ll advise you to be tested for HIV and avoid all sexual contact until blood tests confirm you’re cured.

And remember that getting treatment doesn’t mean you can’t get syphilis again or spread it at a later time. The only way to do that is to avoid having unsafe sex. When you do have sex, always use condoms.

From: What's the Treatment for Syphilis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Syphilis -- CDC Fact Sheet,” “Syphilis Treatment and Care.”

Mayo Clinic: “Syphilis.”

National Health Service (NHS) Choices (United Kingdom): “Treatments for Syphilis.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 19, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: “Syphilis -- CDC Fact Sheet,” “Syphilis Treatment and Care.”

Mayo Clinic: “Syphilis.”

National Health Service (NHS) Choices (United Kingdom): “Treatments for Syphilis.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 19, 2017

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