Gonorrhea Super Strain Becoming ‘Untreatable’
Another reason of why it’s good to be celibate (or asexual): you’ll avoid stuff like this.
And, by the way, I guess that medical officers in the UK are “slut shamers,” too.
- Sixteen cases of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease, have been reported in the UK, leading the country’s chief medical officer to warn of the rise of “super-gonorrhea.”
- The resistant strain hasn’t appeared in the US so far, but there is growing resistance to one of the antibiotics used to treat the sexually transmitted disease (STD). This week’s warning from Dame Sally Davies, the UK’s chief medical officer, followed a health alert concerning 16 cases in the north of England among heterosexuals.
- “Gonorrhea is at risk of becoming an untreatable disease due to the continuing emergence of antimicrobial resistance,” she wrote in a letter to physicians and pharmacists, according to (Link): The Guardian.
- Gonorrhea could become untreatable in the U.K., England’s top health official warns. There’s concern in the U.S., too.
- British media report that the country’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, has written to all general practice physicians and pharmacies to warn of the rise of a drug-resistant strain of the disease and to ensure they are prescribing both of the antibiotics needed to treat the sexually transmitted infection.
- Davies’ communication comes after cases of “super-gonorrhea” were reported in Leeds, a city in north central England. The strain of highly drug-resistant gonorrhea, first detected there in March, did not respond to a two-antibiotic combo treatment prescribed for the condition.
- In her letter, Davies warned, “Gonorrhea is at risk of becoming an untreatable disease due to the continuing emergence of antimicrobial resistance.”
- Experts say part of the problem is that some patients have not received both of the antibiotics needed to kill the infection.
- U.S. physician Dr. Sachin Jain, medical director of HIV prevention programs at Montefiore AIDS Center, told CBS News there is also concern that gonorrhea will become resistant here, too.
- He said the double medicine treatment — injectible ceftriaxone and azithromycin in pill form — is the standard of care to treat documented gonorrhea.
- “It’s a very important issue from a public health standpoint,” said Jain.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has detected increasing resistance to azithromycin in recent years, said Jain.
- “There has been a steady rise in that resistance. But the factors leading into that are unclear,” he said.
- In an email, the CDC told CBS News, “Some gonorrhea strains that are resistant to cefixime have been detected throughout the world, and in the laboratory, we have identified a few sporadic samples from the United States that have decreased cefixime susceptibility and fit our laboratory case definition for probable resistance.”
- The CDC said gonorrhea remains treatable in the U.S., but “adherence to guidelines and continued monitoring are essential to preserve this last treatment option for as long as possible.”
- Gonorrhea can infect the genitals, rectum, and throat in men and women and is very common, especially among young people ages 15 to 24 years old, according to the CDC. It spreads by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the infection. A pregnant woman can also pass it to her baby.
- Symptoms can include nothing at all, or a burning sensation when urinating, yellow or green discharge, and bleeding between periods, according to the CDC. If it’s not treated, gonorrhea can cause infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease.
- A urine test can pick up the infection, and swab tests of the mouth or rectum can also detect it, said Jain.
- … The CDC said using condoms correctly can help safeguard against the disease. If infected, getting treated right away to fully cure the infection and making sure that all recent sexual partners are tested and treated is key.
- “CDC recommends an annual gonorrhea screening for high-risk sexually active women and for sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men,” the agency told CBS News.
- UK official warned recently of the rise of the antibiotic-resistant disease
- Here’s the good news about gonorrhea: It’s still a treatable sexually transmitted infection.
- The bad news: It may not be for much longer.
- Cases of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea have been found in other parts of the world, including the UK, where the country’s chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies warned about the rise of “super gonorrhea” in a recent letter to physicians and pharmacies.
- The highly adaptable disease, which has been around for more than 2,000 years, once responded to a range of antibiotics.
- Now the options are far slimmer: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a dual treatment of two antibiotics, ceftriaxone and azithromycin as the only viable cure.
- Dec 30, 2015
- by Anita Balakrishnan
- A common sexually transmitted infection (STI) is at risk of becoming “untreatable,” public health officials warned this week.England’s chief medical officer is cautioning doctors and pharmacists to double-check their prescriptions, after an antibiotic-resistant strain of “super gonorrhea” broke out this year in the north part of the country, (Link): international news source The Guardian reports.The super strain of the disease, which is resistant to the first-line antibiotic azithromycin, emerged in March and has since spread to at least 16 people, according to The Guardian.
- Despite gonorrhea’s known drug-resistant properties, some physicians continue to prescribe an outdated drug, ciprofloxacin, raising the chances that drug-resistant forms will spread, according to a study from earlier this year cited by The Guardian.
- Though some gonorrhea carriers do not display symptoms, the illness can cause serious long-term problems in some patients, such as infertility and potentially a life-threatening pelvic inflammatory disease in women, the report said.
- Gonorrhea can also blind babies born to infected women.Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have long proved a powerful and deadly challenge for health-care providers and their patients, beyond the U.K., especially as cases of STIs are on the rise.In the U.S., President Barack Obama last year issued an (Link): executive order on combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Indeed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its (Link): STD treatment guidelines in response to the “urgent public health threat” of the gonorrhea super strain.
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