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Syphilis and HIV
Jun 4, 2008

I was diagnosed with HIV and syphilis. My CD count is 795 and VL 1000. My doctor prescribed Ciploxx 500mg for 10 days. Is this the correct medication to treat syphilis. I am busy taking it but would like to know if I should insist on a more agressive course of action Thanx for valuble info on this site It really helped me to come to terms with being HIV positive

Response from Dr. Young

Ciplofloxacin (Cipro, Ciploxx) is NOT a treatment for syphilis.

Penicillin injections are the preferred treatment for syphilis (usually one shot per week for 1 or 3 weeks depending on the stage of syphilis); for those who are allergic to penicillins, alternatives include tetracycline or doxycycline.

You should insist on a proper treatment course.

I hope this is helpful.

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