ATLANTA - According to officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), infection rates of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea are leveling off in the US.
The bacterial infection can be treated antibiotics when detected early. However, if left untreated, the infection can make a person more susceptible to AIDS infection, chronic pelvic pain and infertility.
The CDC estimates there are 131.6 cases of gonorrhea per 100,000 people. This rate is down from 132 in 1999.
The findings were presented at the National STD Prevention Conference in San Diego, Calif. Additional research presented at the conference included HPV-16 infections in bisexual men. Continued study of the virus is needed to understand the link between cervical, anal and penile cancer in relation to infection.
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