How is Treponema pallidum (T pallidum) transmitted?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Treponema pallidum is a slender, tightly coiled spirochete that is usually acquired by sexual contact. Other modes of transmission include direct contact with an active lesion, passage through the placenta, and blood transfusion (rare).


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