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Gonorrhea in Sydney: A Rising Problem

Alarming statistics on a research showed that gonorrhea infection rates have risen in Sydney, mostly in men who have sex with men. This is a trend which can be linked to inadequate testing among people and unprotected sex.

The latest research published in the Medical Journal of Australia revealed that the rate of throat infection cases rose from 87 in 2010 to 352 in 2012.

Also, a significant increase was recorded for rectoral infections from 236 cases in 2010 to 422 cases in 2012, a 78% increase.

The awareness and the perception of safe sex as well as the sexual activity in the community could be contributing factors on the rise of gonorrhea in Sydney.

There is a domino effect when people infected with gonorrhea have multiple partners, who sequentially may spread it to other partners. The worst part about it is some people who have gonorrhea do not have any symptoms, and are unaware that they have been passing the disease to a partner or different partners.

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a bacterium. It is a very common bacterial infection which can also grow in the mouth, eyes, throat and anus. Anyone who is sexually active can get gonorrhoea.

People get gonorrhea by having sex with someone who has the disease. Remember that “Having sex” also means anal, vaginal, or oral sex. Gonorrhea can still be transferred via fluids even if a man does not ejaculate.

Gonorrhea is treatable with antibiotics. Medication will stop the infection but it will not repair any permanent damage caused by the disease. Studies also reveal that drug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea are growing, and the successful treatment of gonorrhoea is becoming more challenging.

Practicing safe sex can shield you from having gonorrhea. Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly can lessen the risk of getting or giving gonorrhea. Still, the most certain way to avoid gonorrhea is to not have sex or to be in a mutually monogamous relationship with someone who has been tested and uninfected.

Whilst gonorrhoea is curable with antibiotics, many people don’t get tested which is especially the case for gonorrhea, where the rise is entirely ascribed to men, mainly those who are gay or bisexual.

So, get tested and make sure you’re protected. Remember, no glove, no love!