Cascade County in Montana is found out to be one of the top three areas in the state that has recorded the most number of sexually-transmitted diseases. Last year, only 6 gonorrhea cases were reported in the region, but that number has doubled as of this time of the year. Also, 500 Chlamydia cases were documented last year, but nine months in 2014, already 300 have been recorded. 

STD infections

With this surge, health officials in the county are finding ways to spread more awareness about the issue. They would also like to find out the causes of this increase in numbers.

STDs are caused by viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms. They can infect men, women, adults, teenagers, and children. They can trigger mild to very serious symptoms, and result in severe complications and even death.

Treating and preventing STDs

Many STDs are treatable, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, and Chlamydia. These bacterial STDs are easily gotten rid of with antibiotics. Viral STDs such as HIV and Hepatitis C are managed with the use of antiretrovirals to control and slow down the spread of the infection. Everyone should undergo STD testing to detect these STDs early on so that the treatment solution for them can be had before it is too late.