Canada: New Brunswick reports increase in gonorrhea cases
By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The New Brunswick Department of Health reports an increase in gonorrhea cases in the first half of 2021.
The current outbreak was first announced in April 2019. In the first half of 2021, 74 cases of gonorrhea were reported in the province. The typical annual average of reported cases is 54.
This prompted health officials to stress the importance of safe sex practices.
“Anyone who has unprotected sex is encouraged to get tested,” Russell said. “I know that sometimes it takes courage to choose to get tested, but it is extremely important that you do, especially since it is not uncommon for a person to have more than one sexually infection. transmissible at the same time. “
“Sexually transmitted infections can have long lasting effects on a person’s health and getting tested frequently and treated if necessary should be part of your routine checkup,” Russell said. “It helps prevent other complications like infertility and helps stop the infection from spreading to someone else.”
People with sexual partners, regardless of their sexual orientation, may have been exposed to gonorrhea without their knowledge.