Bacterial STDs

Most of the bacteria that cause sexually transmitted diseases survive poorly in the environment. Transmission from one person to another usually requires intimate physical contact and is highly unlikely to occur via a handshake or contact with a contaminated toilet seat.


Gonorrhea is not a new problem; it was common among World War I recruits. More than 1 million cases per year were reported during the late 1970s, now down to an average around 342,250 per year. Today's concerns are its continued prevalence and its slowly increasing resistance to antibacterial treatment.

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