Sexual Health news - Gonorrhea

Maine officials report outbreak of gonorrhea

Recently, gonorrhea has become a priority among health officials in Maine as the number of instances of the disease continues to grow in the new year. The Global Dispatch reported that in the first 12 days of 2013, 12 cases of gonorrhea were recorded, according to information collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This number is lower than the 21 instances noted in the beginning of 2012, but higher than the number reported in 2011, which was 10.

Over the course of 2012, there was a total of 456 confirmed instances of gonorrhea in Maine, which was a 60 percent increase from 2011. That being said, it would seem that less people are utilizing sexual protection, like condoms, which prevent the spread of this sexually transmitted disease (STD).

Gonorrhea and its effects on the body
Engaging in intercourse with an individual who has gonorrhea can put you at risk of contracting the disease. Symptoms may take up to five days to show in women or 30 days in men, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The disease can also be challenging to diagnose because its symptoms are closely related to those of other infections such as sore throat and pain while urinating.

If left untreated, the infection may enter your blood stream and cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can potentially reduce your chances of conceiving. Gonorrhea can be treated with antibiotics, but an STD test is required to detect the presence of the bacteria within the body.

To avoid gonorrhea as well as other STDs, it's in your best interest to practice safe sex. Always use a condom while engaging in intercourse and know the sexual history of your partner. Maintaining a monogamous relationship can reduce your chances of contracting an STD.