Font Size

Syphilis (cont.)

Syphilis Follow-up

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.
Medical Author:
Medical Editor:
Medical Editor:
Medical Editor:

Must Read Articles Related to Syphilis

Female Sexual Problems
Female Sexual Problems Long considered a taboo subject, women's sexuality is now openly discussed and portrayed on television, in magazines, and on the internet. Symptoms of female se...learn more >>
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), an infection of a woman's reproductive organs (learn more >>
Proctitis Proctitis is an inflammation of the anus rectal lining. Symptoms include:

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Syphilis:

Syphilis - Causes

What caused your syphilis?

Syphilis - Symptoms

What were the symptoms of your syphilis?

Syphilis - Treatments

What was the treatment for your syphilis?

Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Syphilis »

Syphilis is a venereal disease caused by infection with the spirochete Treponema pallidum.

Read More on Medscape Reference »

Medical Dictionary