Gonorrhea May Soon Be Resistant To Antibiotics
BY Eve Peyser | Jul 18, 2016 | Fitness & Health
As if you needed another reason to use a condom, here's one: A study just realised by the CDC found that gonorrhea may soon become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to fight it.
Gonorrhea is a largely treatable STD. Most people don't experience symptoms, but if left untreated it can cause infertility and testicular pain. As of now, treatment is easy: you take two antibiotics—azithromycin and ceftriaxone—and you're good to go.
The CDC's report, released last Thursday, "showed rises in the percentage of gonorrhea samples that were resistant to one or the other drug in 2014," STAT reports. The Centre for Disease Control examined over 5,000 instances of gonorrhea and found an increase in drug-resistant strains. The percentage of azithromycin-resistant cultures rose from 0.6 percent in 2013 to 2.5 percent in 2014. The ceftriaxone-resistant strains doubled, going from 0.4 percent in 2013 to 0.8 percent in 2014. While these percentages are still relatively low, Dr. Robert Kirkcaldy, the author of the study, told STAT, "The potential for untreatable gonorrhea is a very real possibility in the future."
These findings are not particularly surprising, considering it's only natural that bacteria mutate to resist antibiotics. What separates gonorrhea from other bacteria, Dr. Kirkcaldy says, is that it becomes becomes resistant to an antibiotics, like penicillin, which used to be an effective treatment against the STD.
"We think… it's a matter of when and not if with resistance," Dr. Kirkcaldy explained to STAT. "This bug is so smart and can mutate so rapidly."
What can we do in the meanwhile? Get tested, do so often, and use condoms!
From: Esquire US