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Causes of Syphilis

Primary Cause of Syphilis

The primary cause of Syphilis is the result:

  • of transmission of an infectious agent by another person by one or more of the following: saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route, surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc.

Syphilis Causes: Risk Factors

The following conditions have been cited in various sources as potentially causal risk factors related to Syphilis:

Syphilis: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Syphilis, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Syphilis:

Syphilis: Causes and Types

Causes of Types of Syphilis: Review the cause informationfor the various types of Syphilis:

Causes of Broader Categories of Syphilis: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

What causes Syphilis?

Causes: Syphilis: Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a bacterium called Treponema pallidum. (Source: excerpt from Syphilis, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)
Article excerpts about the causes of Syphilis:
The bacterium spreads from the initial ulcer of an infected person to the skin or mucous membranes of the genital area, the mouth, or the anus of a sexual partner. It also can pass through broken skin on other parts of the body. The syphilis bacterium is very fragile, and the infection is almost always spread by sexual contact. In addition, a pregnant woman with syphilis can pass the bacterium to her unborn child, who may be born with serious mental and physical problems as a result of this infection. But the most common way to get syphilis is to have sex with someone who has an active infection. (Source: excerpt from Syphilis, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Medical news summaries relating to Syphilis:

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As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Syphilis may be found in:


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