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Syphilis

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STI) caused by bacteria.

WHILE YOU ARE HERE:

Informed consent

is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.

An IV

is a small tube placed in your vein that is used to give you medicine or liquids.

Medicines:

  • Acetaminophen decreases pain and fever. It is available without a doctor's order. Ask how much to take and how often to take it. Follow directions. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if not taken correctly.
  • NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
  • Antibiotics help treat the bacteria that caused your syphilis.

Tests:

  • Blood tests may show the bacteria that causes syphilis.
  • A sample of tissue or fluid from a sore will give healthcare providers information about your infection.
  • A lumbar puncture, or spinal tap, may be needed to check for damage to your brain or spinal cord. This test is usually done if you have late syphilis.

RISKS:

Your symptoms may not go away, or they may come back. If you are pregnant, you can have a miscarriage or your baby could die shortly after birth. Without treatment, you can develop secondary or late syphilis. Late syphilis can be life-threatening.

CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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