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Will syphilis treatment work if I'm pregnant?

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If you’re pregnant, it’s important to get treated for syphilis because you could pass the disease to your fetus or newborn. Again, your doctor will give you penicillin. If you’re allergic to it, your doctor will put you through a special process so you can take the antibiotic.

If you do spread the STD to your fetus or newborn, it can be very serious and lead to:

  • Stillbirth (the baby is born dead)
  • Birth defects
  • Infant death
  • Cataracts
  • Deafness
  • Seizures

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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