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Gonorrhea rates within the health district

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Story Behind the Curve

Gonorrhea is an infection caused by a sexually transmitted bacterium that can infect both males and females. Gonorrhea most often affects the urethra, rectum or throat. In females, gonorrhea can also infect the cervix. Gonorrhea is most commonly spread during sex. But babies can be infected during childbirth if their mothers are infected. In babies, gonorrhea most commonly affects the eyes. Gonorrhea is a common infection that, in many cases, causes no symptoms. You may not even know that you're infected. Abstaining from sex, using a condom if you do have sex and being in a mutually monogamous relationship are the best ways to prevent sexually transmitted infections.

This indicator shows gonorrhea cases per 100,00 people within the health district. 

Partners

Local screening offices (doctors), Planned Parenthood and Utah Department of Health. 

What Works

To reduce the risk of getting infected with gonorrhea, use a condom during sex. Condoms used properly during every sexual encounter reduce but don't eliminate the risk of infection. Limit the number of sexual partners, or consider practicing abstinence. Those that think they are infected should avoid sexual contact and see a doctor. If someone tests positive, their partner should also get treatment. Get retested after three months, even if both partners appear infection free.

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