Treatments

Syphilis Treatments

Syphilis is treated with antibiotics, which can stop the progression of the disease but cannot reverse any damage to the body’s internal organs. Other treatments may be needed for complications of syphilis. Be sure to finish all of your antibiotics to get rid of the infection, or it may become resistant to antibiotic treatment.

Penicillin is the preferred antibiotic for syphilis, so be sure to tell your physician if you know you are allergic to penicillin.

Your physician may conduct a follow-up test to make sure the infection is gone. You and your partner should both be tested and treated for syphilis. Wait until your physician has told you the syphilis is cured to resume sexual activity.

Treatments

  • Medications
Legal Information
*

By clicking on these websites, you are leaving the Northwestern Medicine website. These websites are independent resources. Northwestern Medicine does not operate or control the content of these websites. By visiting these websites, you agree to this third party’s terms of use for their website.