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Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea May Have Spread From SF

We're not trying to be alarmist, but maybe we should be alarmed.


Bad news: Not only are new cases of gonorrhea infections way up in San Francisco, our city may have been the site of the creation of a new drug-resistant strain of the disease. Happy Monday!

Since 2008, the infection rate in the city has increase by one-third, though our current numbers are a far from their peak in the mid-1970s. Although the city has managed to meet with a great deal of success in preventing the spread of new cases of HIV, there were about 2,300 new cases of gonorrhea reported last year in San Francisco. The majority of those cases, according to the Department of Public Health, occur in sexually-active gay men and black adolescents. African-American youth are 5 to 10 times more likely to contract the disease than member of other racial groups. The infection rate for gay men is 30 times that of the rest of the population.

Worse, San Francisco may be the site of a new, drug-resistant form of the bacteria. Since 2006, a new type of the disease has been spreading across the West Coast and Hawaii. According the head of the DPH, "San Francisco, along with other cities on the West Coast of the U.S., is a site of possible emergence of drug-resistant gonorrhea." 

Remember, folks: Condoms and testing! 


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