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What are the treatment options for syphilis?

The best treatment for all stages of syphilis is penicillin, which is an antibiotic given as an injection to kill the bacteria that cause the infection. Usually, one injection is all that's needed if you've had syphilis for less than a year. If you've had it for over a year, additional injections may be needed. If the disease is affecting the brain, spinal cord, eyes, or inner ears (a serious complication known as neurosyphilis), penicillin will need to be administered intraveneously every four hours for up to two weeks. For people who are allergic to penicillin, other antibiotics like doxycycline may be given. After treatment, people with syphilis will undergo more blood tests to make sure the infection is gone. Until treatment is complete, you shouldn't have sex. Your sex partners should also be tested and treated for the infection.

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