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Syphilis: Causes

Causes Of Syphilis

A bacterium called treponema pallidum causes syphilis. It spreads from one person to another by any type of sexual contact. The bacteria pass when there is an open sore on any part of the contact. Any sexual activity that brings another person in contact with the open sore will pass on the syphilis. The main transmission therefore occurs during anal, vaginal or oral sexual activity. A mother can pass on syphilis to her baby. Syphilis does not spread by sharing toilet seats, clothing, utensils, or swimming pools. Read on about the phases of syphilis to understand how the open sores form and how the disease goes into latency without sores for a long time.

Article created on: July 07, 2006

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