State sees increase in Syphilis cases

State sees increase in Syphilis cases
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 9:51pm

The New Mexico Department of Health says there was a spike in Syphilis cases in 2012.

According to the department's data, New Mexico doctors reported more than 100 cases of primary and secondary Syphilis.

This is the highest number and rate the state has seen since 1988.

In 2000, Syphilis, a once common sexually transmitted disease, dropped to its lowest point since reporting began in 1941, and health officials actually talked about its "elimination."

It returned starting in 2001, especially among men who have sex with men, and sometimes co-occurring with HIV infection.

In March 2012, the Department of Health's STD program launched an indoor media campaign that reminds people to get tested.

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