- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - Department of Health officials say there has been a major decrease in the number of gonorrhea cases in southwest Alaska over the past five years since doctors have implemented a new treatment strategy that treats both a patient and their partner.

KYUK-AM reports (https://bit.ly/1McqyIl ) that the strategy, called expedited partner therapy, involves a doctor prescribing or giving medication to their patient to pass on to their partners, instead of doctors tracking down infected people’s partners.

Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation OBGYN Dr. David Compton says the method reduced new infections by 48 percent in the region over the past five years.

State health officials say that while gonorrhea infections are decreasing overall in the southwest area of Alaska, the state still ranks fourth in the nation for gonorrhea infections.

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Information from: KYUK-AM, https://www.kyuk.org

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