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Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can cause infertility. This bacterial infection is on the rise in Canada and becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics.

The NWT has one of the highest rates of gonorrhea in the country.

Gonorrhea is passed on through oral, genital, or anal sex with an infected person. It can also be spread from mother to child during birth.

After 20 years of decline in Canada, the rates of reported cases of gonorrhea have risen more than 53 percent over the past ten years. The recent rise in gonorrhea can be mainly attributed to people not consistently using safer sex methods and a delay or absence in screening. Those who engage in unprotected oral or anal sex are also at risk and need to be tested even if they do not engage in penile-vaginal intercourse.

In the NWT, gonorrhea disproportionately affects sexually active youth and young adults, especially young women. Highest rates are observed in men aged 20-29 years of age and women aged 15 to 25 years of age.

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