What is late syphilis?

How can you care for yourself when you have late syphilis?

  • Get your antibiotic shots or take your pills as directed. Do not stop them just because you feel better. You need to take the full course of antibiotics.
  • Do not have sexual contact with anyone while you are being treated. Even if you use a condom, you and your partner may pass the infection back and forth.
  • Tell your sex partner or partners that you have syphilis. They should get treated, whether or not they have symptoms of infection.

Late syphilis: When to call

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You have a new fever that lasts more than 48 hours after you start treatment.
  • You have new numbness or tingling.
  • You have trouble thinking clearly.
  • You have a headache, stiff neck, or any changes in your vision or hearing.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • You do not get better as expected.
  • Your symptoms continue or come back after treatment, or new symptoms develop.

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