In Australia, the total number of cases of gonorrhea have gone up by 63% in the last five years, according to a new study.
The researchers in Australia have stated that the growth in the cases of gonorrhea diagnosis was charged by the growth in infection in young heterosexual population of city dwellers. However, the reasons for this excessive rise are still not very clear for the researchers.
The researchers believe that a specific strain on infection or alterations in the sexual behavior, could be behind this dramatic rise. Gonorrhea can infect throat, rectum, and genitals, and can be treated with antibiotics.
Up until now, it was very uncommon to find gonorrhea affecting young heterosexual population living in big cities. This view was backed by Rebecca Guy, who works as an associate professor at the University of New South Wales and is one of the authors of the research. She also stated that the increasing rates in young heterosexuals highlight the requirement for initiatives to create more awareness among these people as well as clinicians about the significance of testing.
Kirby Institute of the New South Wales University released an annual report on the sexual health in Australia on Monday, November 6, 2017.
The report found that other STIs (sexually transmissible infections), such as syphilis, had also been on the rise, specifically amongst the Indigenous Australians.
In the meantime, the number of diagnoses of HIV stayed steady for a fifth year running to near about 1,000 cases.