NM Health Officials Screening Teens for STD’s

New Mexico health officials have ordered state medical professionals to start screening teens for Syphilis and other STD’s.   

The Order is Given 

On January 10, 2020, a nationwide health order was issued to prevent syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease  found in sexually active and pregnant teens. Transmitted syphilis not only affects a person, but it also affects unborn fetuses in pregnant women. 

News, KUNM. “NM Health Officials Order Screening For Pregnant Women, NM Rethinks Sex Offender Registry.” KUNM, www.kunm.org/post/nm-health-officials-order-screening-pregnant-women-nm-rethinks-sex-offender-registry.

What does Syphilis look like?

Syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease, is caused by a microscopic organism called a spirochete. This spiral-shaped organism infects people by burrowing into the membranes of their mouth or genitals. From there, the spirochete produces a non-painful ulcer known as a chancre.

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Syphilis/Spirochete

Is It Curable?
When diagnosed with Syphilis early it is fairly easy to cure. Unchecked, Syphilis can lead to life threatening consequences in the long term, but with the early treatment of an antibiotic known as penicillin, it can be cured. At a later stage, it’s possible for Syphilis to be cured, yet it may require a longer course of penicillin. If nerve or organ damage has already occured or does occur during the later stage of Syphilis, treatment will not be able to repair it, but it can stop further damage from being caused.