Syphilis: Still Susceptible to Penicillin - 249-095-17

Syphilis: Still Susceptible to Penicillin

by Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP) and Steven S. Bhimji, MD, PhD
(4.7 / 234 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Laboratory (1.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the spirochete Treponema pallidum. The organism may be acquired via sexual contact, blood transfusion, or during delivery from the mother to the fetus. If left untreated, the infection progresses through four distinct stages: primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary. The aim of drug therapy is to completely eradicate Treponema pallidum from the body. The antibiotic of choice is penicillin, against which all other treatments are judged. It is the only recommended antibiotic for syphilis during pregnancy, neurosyphilis, and congenital syphilis.


The goal of this syphilis continuing education program is to provide laboratory professionals with information about syphilis, its presentation, and treatment. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the stages of syphilis, their clinical presentation, lab diagnoses, and prevention of the infection
  • Discuss the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction and its management
  • Explain the role of penicillin and alternate drugs used in the treatment of syphilis
Level of Instruction: Basic

Approval Information
This course is designed for laboratory professionals.
OnCourse Learning is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.®) Program (provider #249).
249-095-17 "Syphilis: Still Susceptible to Penicillin" is approved 05/03/2017 to 05/31/2019.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 11/18/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/30/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/31/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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very important course .
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Patria B - Vacaville, CA  ·  Apr 15, 2019
It's very practical and its a good precautions.
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Jasmeet M - Richmond, CA  ·  Apr 14, 2019
good amount of information and detailed.
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