Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that is one of the most common diseases today. It can be spread through vaginal, anal or oral sexual intercourse, especially if people are not using protection. Gonorrhea infections can be seen mostly in young adult and teen population, which is an alarm enough to start educating new generations about it.
Facts about Gonorrhea
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Despite the fact that gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease whose numbers of infected people have lowered significantly over the years, it is still among the first three sexually transmitted diseases that people get infected within the USA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics. Around 700,000 gonorrheal infections occur every year, and only half of those cases are reported to the CDC, and therefore, get noted, which is a horrific fact indeed. Usually, the people who get infected are the ones between the ages of 18 and 35, and they most commonly don’t know that they have it.
The problem is that the infections are easily spread, and become more and more resilient to strong antibiotics treatments. Gonorrhea is caused by a bacteria that infects your system and spreads through parts of it. It can be spread by oral, vaginal or anal sexual relations, especially if people do not use protection, the most common of which is condoms. You can buy them in every store, they are accessible and cheap. Also, men can easily get infected by having sex with a female partner who is already infected with gonorrhea, and around 20% of men get infected that way, whereas women have around 50% chance to get infected with gonorrhea while having unprotected sex with a man. As with most sexually transmitted infections, there is also a possibility that a newly born child can get gonorrhea through its mother if she has been previously infected with this sexually transmitted infection.
Groups of People Most Commonly Infected with Gonorrhea
People who get infected with gonorrhea, and usually not knowing about it, are teenagers and young adults, because they are not educated properly about safe sex and the consequences of not using protection, then very often poor people who live in urban areas of the country, for the same reason of not knowing the facts that could help them prevent the infection and the spreading of the same, African Americans and drug users. Raising awareness about gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted infections is crucial in this fight against them. People have to have enough useful information about them, so that they can start using them in real life and when they need it.
Of course, the problem usually arises in poorer communities and underrepresented communities, but these can all be solved with campaigns around the country, especially those areas who a bit further away from the more civilized parts of the country. Educating people about these problems would decrease the overall rising rates of people who get infected with these sexually transmitted infections, such as gonorrhea.