CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateOREGON: Gonorrhea Warning Issued
By Emily Thornton
December 19, 2013
The World (Coos Bay, Oregon) (12.17.2013)
The World newspaper reported that Oregon’s Coos County Public Health Department recently issued a health advisory concerning an increase in reported gonorrhea cases. According to Nikki Zogg, the department’s administrator, numbers have increased from two cases in 2011 to six in 2012 and 11 in 2013. Most diagnosed individuals were white between the ages of 20 and 34. Zogg listed prevention methods that included abstaining from sexual intercourse, being in a mutually monogamous relationship, and using condoms. Zogg also noted serious effects of untreated gonorrhea, including infertility. Since some individuals do not have symptoms of the infection, Zogg advised sexually active individuals who are at risk to get tested periodically for gonorrhea and other STDs. Persons who are diagnosed with gonorrhea should notify sex partners from the last 60 days so they can be tested and treated. The Coos County Public Health Department, Waterfall Community Health Center, and Bandon Community Health Center offer testing. For additional information, contact the Coos County Health Department at (541) 751–2431.