Unformatted text preview: • Sanitary: As with other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), use of a condom helps prevent infection. • Immunological: None are available. • Chemotherapeutic: Benzathine penicillin (long acting) or penicillin G are the drugs of choice. One must be aware of a possible Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction following treatment of secondary or tertiary syphilis, however. The rapid release of treponemal antigens after lysis by penicillin can cause hypersensitivity reactions in some persons....
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- Fall '10
- Microbiology, Syphilis, treponemal antibody, Benzathine penicillin, possible Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction