While the use of sexual protection can reduce the spreading of diseases such as herpes and gonorrhea, not everyone is keen on the idea of using condoms during intercourse. In York, Penn., more people are experiencing the consequences of failing to guard themselves while intimate. ABC affiliate WHTM-TV has reported that gonorrhea cases have doubled over the past year.
Annually, there are approximately 500 cases of chlamydia diagnosed in York, but gonorrhea appears to be the up and coming sexually transmitted disease (STD). Experts say that the problem is that individuals infected with the chlamydia are not encouraging their sexual partners to seek treatment as well.
"Gonorrhea in particular can be very uncomfortable," health bureau member David Hawk, M.D., told the news source. "Chlamydia is different. There are many people who have very few symptoms and don't know they're infected."
Linda Otera, a disease intervention specialist with the York City Bureau of Health, told WHTM-TV that she thinks a big part of the problem may be the hesitation to seek care. Many people are afraid of talking about STDs, which has led Otera to do her job out in the field. To encourage more individuals to find treatment, the state is providing assistance for free.
Gonorrhea and its side effects
An excess of 700,000 people in the U.S. contract gonorrhea each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many people who have the infection do not show symptoms, but some that can potentially appear include sore throat and pain while urinating. These signs will typically appear between 1 and 14 days of the bacteria entering the body.
Blood tests can confirm the presence of gonorrhea in your system, and the STD may eventually be treated with antibiotics. However, failing to diagnose the disease sooner rather than later can increase the chances of infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease.
To avoid contracting an STD, it's in your best interest to use condoms during intercourse. Because many STDs can be transmitted through oral sex, knowing the sexual history of your partner is also necessary to maintain your well-being. One of the easiest ways to rest assured that you're STD-free is to opt for a monogamous relationship with one partner who does not have an infection. These tips can help you avoid conditions such as gonorrhea and herpes in the future.