Health officials with the University of Kansas Watkins Health Services have reported a dramatic increase of gonorrhea on campus. Between 2016 and 2017, gonorrhea cases on the university campus increased a staggering 39%. While other STD infections also increased, nothing was as impactful as cases of gonorrhea.
University campuses have seen increased reports of STDs nationwide over the past several years. Many health officials blame the popularity of dating apps among young adults as a reason for the rise in STDs. Some campus officials believe that easier access to testing has caused a rise in reports but not necessarily a rise in actual gonorrhea cases.
Gonorrhea is a very common STD. Symptoms can include an itching or burning sensation in the genitals, particularly during urination. A person could also experience a genital discharge. Patients with gonorrhea infections do not always show signs or symptoms of the infection. For this reason, gonorrhea testing can be the best way to determine if a person is infected with the bacteria. Gonorrhea has been becoming more resistant to treatment in the past several years.
The key to detering the spread of STDs on college and university campuses is sexual health education. Many students come from states or school districts that do not teach sexual health education and are being exposed to this kind of resource for the first time once in college. Many colleges and universities offer talks at the beginning of the school year and all throughout the academic year focusing on the sexual health issues that impact their student populations the most. Learning the facts about sexual health, staying safe on campus and where you can go to have more detailed questions answered can be required for all members of an incoming freshman class.
If you believe you may have been exposed to gonorrhea or any other STD, you should have STD testing performed. This is the best way to know the current status of you sexual health. Only through diagnosis can a person begin proper treatment and stop the spread of STDs.