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Syphilis (cont.)

Syphilis Prevention

Like many other sexually transmitted diseases, syphilis can be prevented with safe sex practices including the use of a condom.

Syphilis Prognosis (Outlook)

Syphilis in the first 2 stages continues to be cured with penicillin-unlike other diseases that are becoming resistant to antibiotics. The outlook for people with tertiary syphilis is less optimistic. In one study, 20% of people with cardiovascular syphilis died without antibiotic therapy. However, more than 60% of these people, however, remain symptom free even without treatment.

Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease


"Pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and treatment of early syphilis"

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/14/2015
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