Yes, when syphilis is in it early stages, it can be cured. Unlike viral infections like
herpes, syphilis is caused by bacteria and antibiotics (e.g. penicillin) rid the body of the
infection. The penicillin is usually injected into the muscle one time or, if syphilis is in a
later stage, several times in 1 week intervals.
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Is there any follow-up treatment after the initial antibiotic dose?
Yes. Your healthcare provider will want to do a test of cure to make sure the antibiotic did
the job and destroyed the syphilis bacteria. Typically these tests are done at 6 month intervals
after treatment. You'll also want to avoid sexual contact until treatment is completed and the
test of cure reads negative.
Treatment does not protect you from getting syphilis again. You can get syphilis again after
being cured if you are exposed to it.