Benzathine Penicillin G is the treatment of choice for all stages of syphilis. The duration and frequency depends on the stage of infection. People who are allergic to this product may use alternative agents like doxycycline.
Patients should be monitored with serologic testing after treatment to ensure that they are responding to therapy. Doctors will observe titer levels, or levels of antibodies. If the patient is responsive to treatment, titer levels should decrease. If titer levels do not decrease, reinfection or slow response to treatment should be suspected.
For best results, patient adherence to treatment is encouraged.
While you’re undergoing your syphilis treatments, you will have to periodically follow up with your doctor. This is to ensure that your body is responding properly to medication. It is also strongly advised that you avoid further sexual contact, as not to spread the infection to other people.
After I’ve Been Treated for Syphilis, Can I Still Get Infected?
After treatment for syphilis, you are not immune to contracting the infection again. In order to prevent this, it is recommended to follow safe sex practices, including using protective barrier methods, such as male and female condoms, during sex and avoiding having multiple partners.
Syphilis is a condition that is easy to treat during its early stages, but becomes increasingly harder to treat as it progresses. It can be detected early through screening of at-risk individuals, leading to early treatment and complete recovery.
Learn more about Syphilis here.