First and second stage syphilis is treated using a single antibiotic injection or a course of injections or by taking antibiotic tablets or capsules.
- Treatment usually lasts around 10-21 days but sometimes longer. If complications have occurred, you may also need other treatments.
- If there is a high chance of you having the infection, treatment may be started before receiving your check-up results.
- You will also be given treatment if your sexual partner has syphilis even you do not have any symptoms.
- It is not advisable to buy any medications without a prescription.
How effective is the treatment?
First and second stage syphilis
Treatment is very effective for both first and second stage syphilis. As long as the treatment is taken correctly the syphilis will be completely cured.
Third stage or latent syphilis
Syphilis at this stage can be treated, but any damage already done to your body may be permanent.
What happens if syphilis is not treated?
Without proper treatment the infection can spread to other parts of the body causing serious, long-term complications.
Left untreated, syphilis may start to cause very serious damage to the heart, brain, eyes, other internal organs, bones and nervous system. This damage could lead to death.