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Audit of the use of benzathine penicillin, post-treatment syphilis serology and partner notification of patients with early infectious syphilis

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kanthimathin Sankar, Dr Richard Pattman, Dr Matthias Schmid


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Recent increases in the incidence of early infectious syphilis have been particularly noted in men who have sex with men (MSM). Case-notes of 40 consecutive patients with infectious syphilis and follow-up data for one year were audited. Of the 40 patients, six were HIV co-infected. In all, 31 men received benzathine penicillin as first line while the remaining had other treatments. About 17 (42.5%) failed to attend for any post-treatment serological tests. Of the remainder, 17 (42.5%) attended for the first appointment and only 13 (32.5%) attended for the full one year follow-up. In all, 40 men in the study had 362 sexual contacts of which only 44 (12.2%) elected to be screened. This study illustrates the successful use of benzathine penicillin as first-line treatment, lack of patient compliance with post-treatment serological follow-up and difficulty with partner notification.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Chauhan M, Serisha B, Sankar KN, Pattman RS, Schmid ML

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of STD & AIDS

Year: 2006

Volume: 17

Issue: 3

Pages: 200-202

ISSN (print): 0956-4624

ISSN (electronic): 1758-1052

Publisher: Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd.


DOI: 10.1258/095646206775809231


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