Gonorrhea: Symptoms and treatment

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Gonorrhea: Symptoms and treatment

July 26, 2018

LiveScience talks to Dr. Lindlee Barbee, a UW Medicine infectious disease specialist and medical director of the Public Health, Seattle & King County STD Program.

Rates of gonorrhea in the United States have been rising, partly due to changes in testing methods that are picking up more cases and also due to an increasing number of infections seen in men having sex with men, Dr. Barbee told LiveScience. She also said the large majority of gonorrhea cases are seen primarily in young people ages 30 and under because they are more likely to have sex with multiple partners. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, gonorrhea is the second most common sexually transmitted disease reported to the U.S. government behind chlamydia.