More than 800,000 new infections of Gonorrhea every year, fewer than half are diagnosed – and CDC surveillance data indicates that after decades of declines, new infections are on the rise.

If undiagnosed and untreated, gonorrhea can cause serious health problems. For women, it can increase their risk for a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy. And for men and women, the infection can cause conditions that can lead to infertility. Untreated gonorrhea can also increase a person’s risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV. And untreated gonorrhea may be transmitted to others, further accelerating the spread of infection and increasing the risk of an eventual treatment failure.