Gonorrhea Cases on the Rise in Umatilla County

Umatilla County Public Health has recently seen a marked increase of reported gonorrhea cases with 15 cases reported in the past 8 weeks.  Sarah Williams, Public Health Director, states “Gonorrhea is a common, sexually transmitted infection that has been seen more frequently in the northwest over the past 3 months.”  The Centers for Disease Control estimates that annually 820,000 people in the United States are infected with gonorrhea.

“Any sexually active person can become infected with gonorrhea” reports Sharon Waldern, Clinic Nurse Supervisor, “but most do not show symptoms. If left untreated gonorrhea can lead to infertility. Key prevention measures include abstaining from sex or using safe sex practices. “

Umatilla County Public Health urges you to:

-          Get tested even if you don’t have any symptoms.

-          Routine screenings are recommended for all sexually active people

Umatilla County Public Health can screen, test and treat you for a minimal fee at either the Pendleton or Hermiston location.  Call 541-278-5432 for further information or to make an appointment.