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Is syphilis contagious?

Syphilis is very contagious, especially during its early stages. Syphilis is caused by bacteria that can spread from one person to another pretty easily, usually through sexual contact. The sores caused by syphilis usually develop on areas like the genitals, anus, and mouth. When another person's mucous membranes touch that sore, the bacteria can enter their body. However, these bacteria can't live outside the body for very long, so you can't catch syphilis through things like toilets, eating utensils, swimming pools, or hot tubs.

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