- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

HAYDEN, Idaho (AP) - Health officials are reminding northern Idaho residents to get tested as Gonorrhea cases are at an all-time high in the state’s five northern counties.

Panhandle Health District officials say there have been 32 reported cases of the sexually transmitted disease this year, compared to only 17 cases between January and May 2014.

Gonorrhea can be successfully treated if caught early. Some people infected with gonorrhea do not experience symptoms and if they do, they can include a burning sensation when urinating or discharge.

The District’s Staff Epidemiologist Dave Hylsky says to reduce the risk of contracting an STD, people should get tested regularly, know their partner’s STD status and use condoms.

Despite the recent increase in gonorrhea cases, chlamydia is still the most common STD in Idaho’s five northern counties.

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