The National Aids Programme Secretariat (NAPS) is reporting that there are 298 cases of Hepatitis B, 277 cases of Hepatitis C, 142 cases of syphilis and 101 cases of gonorrhoea.
Programme Manager of NAPS Dr. Tariq Jagnarine in an interview with MTV News Update said the programme has observed that most cases of gonorrhoea are recorded among women.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gonorrhea is a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) that is caused by infection with the neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium.
According to Dr. Tariq Jagnarine a person can be infected with this disease and be unaware of this. However, signs and symptoms of this STD in men include dysuria or a white, yellow or green urethral discharge that usually happens one to 14 days after infection.
The initial symptoms and signs in women include dysuria, increased vaginal discharge, or vaginal bleeding between periods.
“One of the things about gonorrhoea is that often persons can go with this disease and it's asymptomatic, they don’t show any symptoms and men especially don’t show a lot of symptoms,” the Doctor explained.
The Programme Manager is urging women to check up and be tested whether it is twice a year or annually to ensure they know their status and get treatment if possible.
“In case you have multiple sex partners, linking you to condom use, linking you to contraception and linking you to treatment immediately because we believe strictly, well look if you’re tested positive, there is treatment available,” he added.
He is also urging people with multiple sex partners to practice safe sex and get checked up at any one of their care and treatment sites.