Alabama has the 4th highest rate of gonorrhea cases in the United States according t the latest statistics published by the National Disease and Therapeutic Index (NDTI).
About 160.8 people have gonorrhea per 100,000 residents in Alabama. The national average is 99.1 per 100,00. The highest rates in Alabama are in Jefferson County.
Despite common mythology, more women have gonorrhea than men. The rate among women was 105.5 (cases per 100,000 population) compared to a rate of 91.9 among men
The rate of gonorrhea among blacks was 20.5 times greater than among whites in 2009. American Indian/Alaska Natives and Hispanics are also disproportionately affected
There are many free or low cost programs that can test you for gonorrhea if you think you may be at risk. One of the most widely available testing programs across Alabama is the Just Get Tested Program. The state of Alabama also offers free testing at any Alabama Health Department location. Birmingham testing facilities can be found at this site.
One note about the Alabama department of Health. If one of your sexual partners tests positive for gonorrhea the Department of Health will require a list of that person’s sexual partners so that they can contact these people and let them know they need to be tested. The State Department of Health has no problem with coming to your home or place of work to make this information known to you. This just makes sense to stop disease.
There are several on going studies in Alabama to provide an improved treatment for gonorrhea.
An antibiotic resistant stain of gonorrhea has been documented in Japan according to the Canadian Medical Association Journal in an editorial on September 19, 2011. This newly evolved strain of gonorrhea is resistant to all the know antibiotics used to treat gonorrhea at present. The research was reviewed at the Eureka Alert web site on September 19, 2011.
Just like AIDS spread so quickly, this new strain of gonorrhea is expected to cover the world in just a few years if no new antibiotic or treatment can be found to stop the disease. Stopping the spread is as simple as a condom and as unlikely as snow in August in Alabama.
The treatments for gonorrhea without antibiotics are very unpleasant. The new strain of gonorrhea can be treated but not cured.
The teaching of sex education and the ready availability of condoms to young people could prevent this new disease from becoming another strain on the health care system of Alabama but the Republicans are against sex education and free condoms. The ruling party in Alabama may change their minds when they see what this new strain of gonorrhea will cost the taxpayers in a State that is dead broke now.