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By johnboy - 15 April 2011 6

ACT Health has the concerning news to singles and players that gonorrhea is seriously on the rise in the Canberra community.

“There have been 45 cases of gonorrhoea notified in the ACT between 1 January 2011 to 31 March 2011, compared with 13 cases for the same time period in 2010,” the Chief Health Officer said.

Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmissible infection (STI) caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and is usually spread through sexual intercourse including oral sex.

Men who have sex with men are particularly at risk, but diagnoses are also increased in heterosexual men and women.

“Gonorrhoea is one hundred percent treatable through a single dose of antibiotics, and therefore it is important that people with symptoms see their local GP immediately,” the Chief Health Officer said.

Gonorrhoea can affect the urethra, throat, rectum, cervix and eye. Urethral gonorrhoea is usually symptomatic and may cause discharge, a burning pain during urination or pain in the abdomen. Gonorrhoea at other sites is often asymptomatic, or symptoms may be relatively minor.

“Some of the increase in notifications can be attributed to the introduction of a more sensitive test at Canberra Sexual Health Centre. However, this change in diagnostic method does not explain the full extent of the increase in notifications seen in ACT,” Dr Kelly said.

“I urge Canberrans with symptoms to seek immediate medical attention by visiting their local GP or by contacting the Canberra Sexual Health Centre on 02 6244 2184 for further information,” the Chief Health Officer said.

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Breakout the raincoats, the clap is on the loose!
MrPC 9:59 am 16 Apr 11

Fortunately testing for Gonorrhoea is easy, as is treatment (one shot of antibiotics). The Canberra Sexual Health Centre even quizzes those who tested positive for the mobile numbers of those they’ve had recent contact with, and sends out SMSs on an anonymous system (www.letthhemknow.org.au), telling people that they may have been exposed and they should get tested. It’s a reasonably well run operation, by my (albeit limited) understanding of epidemiology.

Pity you can never get a parking spot out the front of that clinic. It also doesn’t help that if you do get a park there, you’re stuck there for an hour while they make you wait, so you’re not freeing up your parking spot for the next person.

Waiting For Godot 7:59 pm 15 Apr 11

“Singles and players”? Well, rugby is known as the kick and clap game . . .

georgesgenitals 12:51 pm 15 Apr 11

What’s yellow and green and eats nuts?

Gonorrhoea.

Skidbladnir 12:45 pm 15 Apr 11

Joe Canberran said :

“Gonorrhoea can affect the urethra, throat, rectum, cervix and EYE”

Untreated infants born to untreated mothers can look like this (not for the weak of constitution).
Think of it as the worst case of conjunctivitis you’ll ever experience.

Treatment is simple enough (injection\course of antibiotics) if you’re playing risky, but its healthier just to not get infected in the first place.

PBO 12:34 pm 15 Apr 11

Joe Canberran said :

“Gonorrhoea can affect the urethra, throat, rectum, cervix and EYE”

Joe: What’s wrong with your eye?
ACC: Oh that? It’s nothing, I’ve just got a bit of gonorrhoea.

It’s always funny until someone loses an eye. However on this serious note i will have to remember to pull out quicker so the STD’s dont stick.

Joe Canberran 12:20 pm 15 Apr 11

“Gonorrhoea can affect the urethra, throat, rectum, cervix and EYE”

Joe: What’s wrong with your eye?
ACC: Oh that? It’s nothing, I’ve just got a bit of gonorrhoea.

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