Syphilis clinical trials at University of California Health
2 research studies open to eligible people
open to eligible people ages 18 years and up
The goal of the study is to evaluate the efficacy of oral cefixime as an alternative treatment for syphilis infection. One hundred adult patients (≥18 years old) with syphilis infection (positive Treponema Pallidum Particle Agglutination assay and RPR titer ≥ 1/8) will be recruited. Participants will be randomized (1:1) to receive either the standard of care Penicillin or Cefixime. During the study, participants will visit the clinic up to 5 times; at baseline visit, at 3, 6, 12 months after treatment initiation. Participants of the cefixime group will be required to visit the clinic 14 days after treatment initiation. In each visit, participants will be asked about current symptoms and do laboratory tests for syphilis (RPR). Subjects who have a 4-fold decrease (from study entry RPR) in RPR titers from baseline at 6 months will be considered a positive treatment response.
Evaluation of Doxycycline Post-exposure Prophylaxis to Reduce Sexually Transmitted Infections in PrEP Users and HIV-infected Men Who Have Sex With Men
open to eligible males ages 18 years and up
The purpose of this study is to understand if taking an antibiotic called doxycycline by mouth as soon as possible after sexual contact without a condom can reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis. The study will also look at the safety of doxycycline PEP and the impact that PEP may have on the bacteria that cause STIs as well as on bacteria that normally live on the body. While doxycycline is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), taking doxycycline immediately after sexual contact to prevent infection is investigational and is not approved by the FDA for this use. Participants will take part in the study for 1 year.
Our lead scientists for Syphilis research studies include Anne Luetkemeyer, MD.