Causes of Syphilis

The primary cause of syphilis is the transmitting of bacterial infection through unprotected sex. Syphilis is a bacterial infection caused by the bacteria Treponema pallidum. This bacterium is known to permeate the mucous membranes in the body.

Some of the common behavior that adds to the risk of contracting syphilis includes

  • Unprotected sex, often between strangers
  • Infected mother passing it on to her unborn child
  • Though rare, but it can also happen through infected blood, during blood transfusion

Controlling the risky behavior can make a big difference to controlling the spread of the disease.