Health officials in Wyoming recently alerted healthcare workers across the state of a spike in gonorrhea cases, the Wyoming Department of Health said in a recent press release.
The largest increase in cases, say officials, is currently in Laramie County, where new gonorrhea cases are up 140% so far this year. Coming in a distant second is Natrona County, which is experiencing a 33% jump.
The agency is urging healthcare providers to talk to patients about prevention and treatments. It is also urging doctors to antibiotic-resistant strains of Neisseria gonorrhoeaescreen certain populations, including:
- Anyone who is pregnant
- Anyone under the age of 25
- Anyone with symptoms of an STD or STI
- Anyone who is HIV-positive
- Men who have sex with men
- Anyone with a history of incarceration
- Anyone who has been with a new partner or multiple partners in recent weeks
Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection and can be spread by both men and women, even if the infected person is symptom-free. And while the infection is curable with antibiotics, it is completely possible to become re-infected multiple times.
In addition to limiting your number of sexual partners, health officials strongly recommend the use of condoms (male or female) and other barrier methods like dental dams and finger cots.
The state’s KnoWyo campaign provides vouchers for no-cost and low-cost tests for sexually transmitted infections, accurate information about STIs and even free condoms.
Nationwide, gonorrhea cases have been on the rise in recent years–a fact that is especially concerning since antibiotic-resistant strain of Neisseria gonorrhoeae have appeared.