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Syphilis Treatment


Antibiotics are an effective treatment for syphilis. The antibiotic of choice is penicillin. The dose and how it’s given (into a muscle or into a vein) depend on the stage of syphilis. Doxycycline may be used as an alternative treatment in individuals who are allergic to penicillin.

A single injection of penicilin can stop the disease form progressing if you’ve been infected for less than a year. If you’ve had syphilis for a longer than a year, you may need additional doses.

 

Treatment to follow up and test
After you’re treated for syphilis, your doctor will ask you to:

  • Have periodic blood tests and exams to make sure you’re responding to the usual dosage of penicillin.
  • Avoid sexual contact until the treatment is completed and blood tests indicate the infection has been cured.
  • Notify your sex partners so that they can be tested and get treatment if necessary.
  • Be tested for HIV infection.

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