Gonorrhea Outbreak Affects New Hampshire

Gonorrhea infection

Gonorrhea is a dangerous sexually transmitted disease.

The public health specialists in New Hampshire announced that the number of gonorrhea cases dramatically increased last year. According to the statistics, there was an average of roughly 130 cases of gonorrhea per year in NH from 2007 to 2013.

The DPHS established that 465 people contracted this sexually transmitted disease last year, which means an increase of over 250 percent. As such, the public health officials strongly recommend sexually active residents to get an STD test for conditions like chlamydia and gonorrhea.

In addition, people who might have been exposed to STDs should seek medical attention immediately for comprehensive testing. Dr. Benjamin Chan, an NH state epidemiologist, says that NH has always been among the few states with very low rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea infections.

Unfortunately, the last year’s statistics are not only surprising, but they also point to the fact that gonorrhea has become a major public health concern among the local communities. Chan said that the investigators and the researchers are doing their best to identify residents who might have come into contact with the disease.

This way, the will provide treatment to sick people and contain the outbreak. The officials are asking sick patients and healthcare providers to convince sex partners to go for testing and to accept treatment in case they are carrying the pathogen.

Known as the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium, this virus is responsible for causing the infection which is easily transmissible between people through oral, anal, and vaginal sex. The bacteria usually infect the reproductive tract, such as the fallopian tubes, urethra, uterus, and the cervix.

In addition, it can also infect the rectum and throat. The CDC experts say that gonorrhea ranks second among the most prevalent STDs in the country. Although the national rates of reported cases of gonorrhea in 2009 were the lowest ever recorded, the rates of other sexually transmitted diseases, including syphilis and chlamydia, have substantially increased.

Plus, gonorrhea has become more prevalent as well. More precisely, from 2011 to 2015, the rates of this disease in the country increased by roughly twenty percent. The patients sometimes experience no symptoms.

Still, this STD usually causes swelling of the testicles, vaginal or penile discharge, as well as pain and burning with urination. In the case of a throat or rectal infection, the patients can have a sore throat, rectal discharge, bleeding, and pain.

Left untreated, this disease leads to severe complications in both men and women, including infertility and pregnancy problems.

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