NH Experiencing Rise in Gonorrhea

gonorheaNew Hampshire Is Experiencing an Outbreak of Gonorrhea according to the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). DHHS says that in 2016 they received reports of 465 cases of gonorrhea, a 250 percent increase from previous years’ average. For the years 2007-2013, they received reports on average of130 cases per year. The NH DHHS Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) recommends that everyone who is sexually active to talk with their health care provider about being tested for Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STDs).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported STD in the United States.

People with gonorrhea may not have symptoms, or only have mild symptoms. Symptoms can include burning or pain with urination, penile or vaginal discharge, or pain or swelling in the testicles of men. Rectal infection can also cause rectal pain, bleeding, or discharge, and throat infection can cause a sore throat.

Prevention of gonorrhea includes abstinence, getting tested for STDs before beginning a relationship with a new partner, limiting sex partners, and using condoms every time. Treating infections with appropriate antibiotics is important for stopping the spread of gonorrhea. For more information visit the NH Department of Health and Human Services website.

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