Posted: Oct 4, 2013 9:50 PM by MTN News
A public health warning for Friday night - Gonorrhea - one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States, is on the rise in Yellowstone County.
Infections are reason for concern because this particular strain is becoming resistant to treatment.
Tamalee St.James, Community Health Services Director with Riverstone Health, says the easiest way to avoid the STD is by having protected sex or by practicing abstinence.
"The danger is there's also a resistant strain of Gonorrhea that's coming to the forefront right now and thats why it's important that we contact all the people who have Gonorrhea and make sure they're treated and then their partners," St.James said. "We want to make sure we get their partners tested and treat them because if it goes untreated the strain will continue to grow."
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates as many as 800,000 people are infected each year.
So far this year, Yellowstone County has reported 22 cases, up from 14 last year.
Statewide, Montana has reported 152 Gonorrhea cases through September.
Symptoms include a discharge or burning during urination but it's not uncommon for the disease to be symptom-less.