Prompt treatment of
syphilis is needed to cure the infection, prevent
complications, and prevent the spread of the infection to others.
effectively treat syphilis during
- Antibiotic treatment cannot reverse the damage caused
by complications of late-stage syphilis, but it can prevent further
- Follow-up blood tests are required
to make sure that treatment has been effective.3
- 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
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.
What to think about
The treatment of syphilis can be
delayed or complicated because its symptoms are very similar to those of many
other diseases and are sometimes not recognized.
Syphilis has historically been called "the great imitator."
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Devika Singh, MD, MPH - Infectious Disease
September 29, 2011
©1995-2012, Healthwise, Incorporated, P.O. Box 1989, Boise, ID 83701.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
For more information,
How this information was developed.