The number of drug-resistant gonorrhea cases in the United States has quadrupled recently according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The bacteria has found a way to outlast the antibiotics treating the STD, causing alarm nationwide as new cases of the disease are discovered daily. A multi-drug therapy approach continues to be successful in treating gonorrhea.
Gonorrhea Isn’t Always Diagnosed
An estimated 800,000 cases of gonorrhea are reported in the U.S. each year. Worst of all, many people with the STD are not diagnosed or treated for it because they don’t show symptoms. The CDC estimates that the true number of infected men and women are double the amount reported.
Men are Often the Ones with the STD
Gonorrhea cases are becoming more and more common in males. It’s not something to take lightly which is why there is an urgency to teach safe sex and encourage the use of condoms to prevent the spread of disease. Women with untreated gonorrhea experience a number of complications during pregnancy as well as pelvic pain or infertility.
Warning Signs and Symptoms of Gonorrhea
Feeling a burning sensation when urinating or seeing a greenish or whitish discharge coming from the penis or vagina could indicate that a person has gonorrhea. The best thing to do if one suspects that he or she has an STD is to get tested for it right away. Refraining from sexual intercourse until one has been treated for the disease is highly recommended.
If you think you might have gonorrhea even though you haven’t shown signs or symptoms of the STD, contact a healthcare professional and schedule time to be tested. You don’t want to be a statistic nor do you want to pass the disease on to unsuspecting partners. Part of being sexually responsible is knowing if your disease-free before becoming intimate with another person.
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