SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Wyoming Department of Health urges gonorrhea prevention

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reminded residents on Friday that in light of an increased number of gonorrhea cases this year, preventing the spread of the disease is important.

So far this year, 56 cases of gonorrhea have been reported in Wyoming, with 19 cases in Campbell County alone. That number is a cause for concern as approximately 60 cases of the disease are reported in the state every year.

State health officials said that gonorrhea is spread by unprotected sexual activity.

"If you are at risk of infection from a sexually transmitted disease it is important that you get tested because many people who have gonorrhea or other STDs do not show or feel symptoms," Tai Cooper, a communicable disease prevention manager with the WDH, said.

The WDH offers free testing and treatment for gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis B and C and HIV.

"If someone finds out they are infected, it's important to ensure their partners are also tested and treated," Cooper said. "We realize that may not always be easy. There is help available to get through that task."

Cooper said that left untreated, gonorrhea can cause serious health problems, including infertility in women.