From the Wyoming Department of Health
The Wyoming Department of Health has detected an alarming increase in reported gonorrhea cases across Wyoming this year (2015). Gonorrhea is transmitted through unprotected sexual activity. It left untreated, gonorrhea can cause serious complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease in women and infertility in men and women. Courtney Smith, Communicable Disease and Surveillance Program Manager, stated, "The two-fold increase in gonorrhea infections is definitely a concern and it is essential for anyone at risk get tested and properly treated. We're seeing individuals with ages between 20 and 29 account for almost half of the infections."
To learn more about the risk behaviors for gonorrhea infection, visit www.knowyo.org or contact Public Health Nursing (307) 721-2561. The www.knowyo.org site also provides a voucher for free or low-cost gonorrhea, Chlamydia, HIV and hepatitis testing.
Tai Wright, Communicable Disease Prevention Program manager with the WDH said most people who have gonorrhea or other STDs do not show symptoms or feel sick. She stated, "The only way to know for sure is to get yourself tested...the same steps you can take to decrease your risk to gonorrhea infection can also reduce your risk for HIV and other STDs."
Actions recommended by the WDH include abstinence, limiting the number of partners, correct and consistent condom use and getting tested before starting a new sexual relationship.
Albany County Public Health offers testing M-F 8AM to 4PM. Call for an appointment. Appointments are often available the same day.