Gonorrhea isn’t fun, and it’s on the rise.
Cases of gonorrhea, which is the second most common STD to chlamydia, have jumped up to 25 percent in some areas, and that’s a pretty scary thing–especially since gonorrhea is getting more and more difficult to treat. And even scarier than that? The gonorrhea rates were highest in people aged 15-24 years old. Eek!
Gonorrhea gets increasingly resistant to treatment as it festers in your system and produces new strains, which become the biggest issue here. Gonorrhea is becoming resistant to most of the antibiotics used to treat it, and doctors are pretty worried that we won’t be able to treat it later on because new drugs won’t come out fast enough.
If gonorrhea is left untreated in women and girls, it can lead to infertility (meaning you can’t have kids later), pelvic inflammatory disease, and miscarriages–not anything you want a part in, right?
The good news, though? People are reporting and treating their gonorrhea a lot faster now than they used to, so they’re a lot less likely to infect partners that way.
Doctors advise that the best way to deal with gonorrhea is to not get it: Always use condoms, and only have one partner that you trust. And just because someone says they’re clean doesn’t mean they are, even if they really think so–because gonorrhea often has few to no symptoms (sometimes you’ll have a burning sensation when you pee or weird discharge, but it usually goes away), a lot of people don’t even know that they have it. Going to a doc and getting tested regularly is a super important way to make sure you and your partners stay healthy.
Do you think you’re at risk for gonorrhea? Have you had gonorrhea before? How do you and your partners deal with gonorrhea scares? Tell us in the comments!
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