Gonorrhea Resistant to Antibiotics Emerges in the US
If you’re a big hit with the ladies or the guys, you should definitely fully adopt the “safety first” slogan. STDs are very prevalent out there, and gonorrhea can be especially dangerous. The disease is caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. If left untreated, it can cause serious health complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women and epididymitis in men.
In rare cases, gonorrhea can also lead to disseminated gonococcal infection (DGI), a serious condition that can affect the skin, joints, and other organs.
Gonorrhea can usually be treated with antibiotics. The recommended treatment is a combination of two antibiotics: ceftriaxone and azithromycin. The treatment is usually given as an injection of ceftriaxone and oral azithromycin tablets.
But what if even antibiotics fail to treat gonorrhea? Unfortunately, such cases do exist.
Antibiotics-resistant gonorrhea represents a premiere for the US
According to statements made by public health officials, it has been reported that two instances of gonorrhea have been discovered in which the bacteria exhibit a decreased responsiveness to all forms of antibiotics that are currently utilized for treatment. This marks the first time that strains of gonorrhea displaying such a high level of antibiotic resistance have been identified within the United States, according to CNN.
Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, who’s a clinical professor of public health at the University of Southern California, stated as the famous publication quotes:
The concern is that this particular strain has been circulating around the world, so it was only a matter of time before it would hit the US,
It’s a reminder that gonorrhea is becoming increasingly resistant, increasingly hard to treat. We don’t have any new antibiotics. We haven’t had new antibiotics to treat gonorrhea for years and we really need a different treatment strategy.
It is possible to have gonorrhea without experiencing symptoms. In fact, a significant portion of individuals who are infected with the bacteria that causes gonorrhea do not show any symptoms of the infection. This is known as asymptomatic gonorrhea. This is why it is important to get regularly tested for STIs.
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