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What are the Causes of Syphilis?

Syphilis is caused by the spirochete bacterium Treponema pallidum and is transmitted through direct contact with syphilis sores.

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Sores occur mainly on the external genitalia, vagina, anus, or in the rectum. The sores can also occur on the lips and in the mouth. The modes of transmission are -

  • Close sexual contact with an infected person.
  • An infected mother can pass on the infection to the child during birth.
  • Blood transfusion from infected person.

Syphilis cannot be transmitted due to sharing of bathrooms, toilets, towels or utensils.

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