Wyoming health officials say there were six times as many gonorrhea cases in 2016 than in 2012. Natrona County had the highest rate of infection for gonorrhea in 2016, followed by Laramie and Fremont counties.

There are several possible explanations for why that rate has risen so sharply in recent years, said Courtney Smith, communicable disease surveillance program manager with the Wyoming Department of Health.

Smith said it could be because of increased anonymous sex tied to the use of dating apps, or it could be because young people choose to forgo using condoms. She recommends abstinence, condom use, and frequent testing as ways to lower risk.

SOURCE: trib.com, April 10, 2017