New Data Shows Dramatic Increase in Wyoming Gonorrhea Infections

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New Data Shows Dramatic Increase in Wyoming Gonorrhea Infections

New data available from the Wyoming Department of Health shows that Wyoming’s gonorrhea rates have increased dramatically in recent years.

According to the Department of Health, there were 415 gonorrhea cases reported across the state in 2017, which represents a 50 percent increase over 2016.

Department of Health Communicable Disease Surveillance Program Manager Courtney Smith said that over the past five years, the gonorrhea case count has gone up 529 percent.
Smith said Niobrara, Fremont and Laramie counties saw the highest gonorrhea rates in 2017.

Smith said that based on information obtained during follow up interviews, the increase in gonorrhea is because more people are having anonymous sex and more people are having multiple sex partners, and not enough people are using condoms. Gonorrhea can be cured with antibiotics but can cause complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility if not treated. Smith added that rates for other STDs such as chlamydia continue to be a concern but have not grown as much as for gonorrhea.

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