Syphilis Treatment and Care
Guidelines, Research, & Updates
- Updated Syphilis Clinical Training (August 30, 2013)
- Doxycycline and Tetracycline Shortage Update (March 1, 2013)
- Reverse Sequence Syphilis Screening Webinar – Archive and slides available and CME information (April 14, 2011)
- Discordant Results from Reverse Sequence Syphilis Screening --- Five Laboratories, United States, 2006--2010 - MMWR February 11, 2011
- 2010 STD Treatment Guidelines - Syphilis- new information regarding the emergence of azithromycin-resistant Treponema pallidum and the criteria for spinal fluid examination to evaluate for neurosyphilis (December 16, 2010)
How is syphilis treated?
No home remedies or over-the-counter drugs will cure syphilis, but syphilis is simple to cure with appropriate antibiotics from a physician. Treatment will kill the syphilis bacterium and prevent further damage, but it will not repair damage already done.
Persons treated for syphilis must abstain from sexual contact with new partners until the syphilis sores are completely healed. Persons with syphilis must notify their sex partners so that they also can be tested and treated if necessary.