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What could be the reason that the blood supply screened for syphilis if syphilis is not transmitted via infected blood?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Transfusion syphilis: Treponema pallidum which causes is syphilis is a recognised risk of blood transfusion. Organisms from an infected blood donor can infect blood recipient, hence all blood is screened for syphilis.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Why is the blood supply screened for syphilis when syphilis is not transmitted via infected blood?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Easy detection: Testing for syphilis is done through blood as this is an easy way to detect it. You are correct that it is passed from person to person via skn to skin contact with an infection sore called a chancre. Once the host has syphilis it can be easily detected through a simple blood test.

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