According to the CDC, each year roughly 24,000 American women become infertile due to an untreated sexually transmitted infection.
"For men there can be extremely painful complications involving the scrotum, although not fertility," said Quinn, who is also a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.
"So this is a harbinger of bad times ahead unless we really take the proper steps to address it," he added. "We have a very common transmitted organism that is once again rearing its head by increasing frequency in the population and increasing resistance. And the public needs to know about this."
For more on gonorrhea, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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