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Syphilis (cont.)


Your doctor will advise you not to have sexual activity until your doctor confirms by blood tests that you are no longer infectious. This may take 2-3 months. It is important for you to advise your sexual partners and close contacts to be checked for syphilis. Your local health department can help.

  • People being treated for syphilis need repeat blood tests at 3, 6, and 12 months to confirm that the disease has been eliminated.
  • People with neurosyphilis need repeat blood tests and spinal fluid examinations every 6 months for at least 3 years.
  • Pregnant women with syphilis need monthly blood testing for the duration of their pregnancy.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/5/2015
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