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By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The New Brunswick Department of Health is reporting a rise in gonorrhea cases during the first half of 2021.


The current outbreak was first announced in April 2019. During the first half of 2021, 74 cases of gonorrhea were reported in the province. The typical annual average of reported cases is 54.

This has prompted health officials to emphasize the importance of safe sex practices.

“Anyone having unprotected sex is encouraged to get tested,” said Russell. “I know that it sometimes takes courage to choose to get tested, but it is incredibly important you do, especially since it is not uncommon for someone to have more than one sexually transmitted infection at a time.”

“Sexually transmitted infections can have lasting effects on a person’s health and getting tested frequently and treated when necessary should be part of your routine health checkup,” said Russell. “This helps to prevent further complications like infertility and helps stop the transmission of the infection to someone else.”

People with sexual partners, regardless of sexual orientation, may have been exposed to gonorrhea without their knowledge.