Gonorrhea Cases Quadruple in Santa Cruz County

Cases of gonorrhea are up, having quadrupled between the year 2010 and 2014, when 178 cases were reported in Santa Cruz County.

The numbers dropped briefly in January, but there were 29 cases this past November, the highest monthly total on record.

The increase has been across all genders, age groups and ethnicities, but the greatest increase has been among men ages 18-35 who are having sex with other men.

Some infected people show no signs, but symptoms can include pain while urinating, pain in the genitals and discharge. Men may experience swollen testicles, while women may experience bleeding between periods.

Jessica Randolph, county health’s administrative services manager, recommends anyone who’s sexually active use a condom, get tested regularly and make sure their partner does the same.


Elliot Williams, a guard for the Santa Cruz Warriors, was named the D-League’s League Performer of the Week on Monday, Dec. 21. It’s an impressive feat for a man who was also the league’s Player of the Month just weeks earlier. During the week ending on Sunday, Dec. 20, Williams averaged 31 points on an astounding 83 percent field goal percentage to go with an average of six assists.

Not bad for a guy who has kept getting bounced from NBA teams over the past couple of years.

Santa Cruz had better enjoy his big performances while they can, because at this rate, Williams will get another shot in the big leagues before long.

Luckily, the Warriors have 30-year-old NBA vet Ronnie Brewer back from his hamstring injury and in the starting lineup, where the Dubs want him.

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