320,000 cases of gonorrhea reported to the CDC each year in the U.S.
– but the actual incidence is estimated at 820,000 because it is often undiagnosed and/or underreported.
The highest rates of gonorrhea affect girls between the ages of 15-24, left untreated, gonorrhea can cause serious health problems, including chronic pelvic pain, life-threatening ectopic pregnancy, and infertility.
Gonorrhea infection also increases a person’s risk of contracting and transmitting HIV.
Due to drug resistance,
treatment options for gonorrhea are becoming limited.
Without effective therapies, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
estimates the potential for a four-fold increase in gonorrhea during the next seven years
which would amount to 2.4 million infections at a cost of $780MM per year.
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