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Sex Transm Dis. 1977 Jul-Sep;4(3):96-9.

Treatment of secondary syphilis: an evaluation of 204 patients.

Abstract

Our recommended treatment schedule for secondary syphilis is intramuscular benzathine penicillin G, 2.4 million units weekly for two consecutive weeks. If the patient is allergic to penicillin, we recommend that 2 gm of oral tetracycline be given each day for 12 days. Two hundred and four patients with secondary syphilis were treated with these schedules; 165 were given benzathine penicillin G and 39 received tetracycline. All of the patients were cured clinically and all achieved seronegativity within 24 months. There was a direct correlation between the duration of the rash and the secondary lesions that the patients exhibited. Patients who presented early in the course of illness tended to have macular and maculopapular lesions, whereas those who appeared later were more likely to have papular of pustular lesions. The serologic response to treatment was correlated with the duration of the rash and the appearance of the secondary lesions. Patients whose rash was of short duration and those with macular and maculopapular lesions became seronegative sooner than those patients whose rash was of longer duration and who had papular or pustular lesions.

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