August 19, 2013

Maine health officials battle sexually transmitted disease

The Associated Press

LEWISTON — Maine public health officials are reaching out to women in Androscoggin and Cumberland counties to stem the rising number of gonorrhea cases in the region.

Posters have popped up in hair salons, nightclubs, colleges, and any place frequented by young women, the largest group testing positive for the sexually transmitted disease.

The state says of the more than 450 reported cases of gonorrhea in Maine last year, more than 40 percent were in Androscoggin County. About 70 percent were in Androscoggin and Cumberland counties combined.

The Sun Journal reports the campaign appears to be working. There have been 51 confirmed cases in Androscoggin County in the first seven months of this year, down from 113 in the same period last year.

State epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Sears says that's still too many.

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors

Further Discussion

Here at we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)