Gonorrhea is a common STD that can cause infections in the genitals, rectum, and throat. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it spreads through unprotected vaginal, anal, and oral sex, and anyone who's sexually active is at risk of getting it. Unfortunately, its symptoms often go undetected. And when gonorrhea is left untreated, it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, chronic pelvic pain, and ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that happens outside the uterus).
Right now, gonorrhea is still curable, but public health experts are worried about an antibiotic-resistant strain. Last month, that strain broke out in England and is slowly spreading.
According to Dr. Robert Kirkcaldy of CDC, the resistant gonorrhea is a "real threat." "Losing effective treatment will cripple our ability to fight and prevent gonorrhea, and will also leave patients at greater risk of serious health complications from untreated gonorrhea," he explains.
So what can we do about this piece of info? Have yourself routinely screened for the STD, and if you have it, have it treated at once. More than that, the wise words "Prevention is better than cure" couldn't be more true. Remember, anybody who is sexually active is at risk, so make sure to practice safe sex by using condoms. If you're in a long-term monogamous relationship, make sure you and your partner test STD negative.
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