In the 1980s, a case of gonorrhea would have been easily treated with a course of antibiotics. Today, this is not the case. An announcement by the World Health Organization calls attention to the increasing problem of antibiotic resistance in Neiserria gonorrheae – the bacteria that causes this sexually transmitted disease.
With gonorrhea rates climbing in the USA and other countries, an Australian research team set out to determine whether an 1879 claim that Listerine mouthwash could cure it was fact or fiction.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report, which reflects record highs in primary and secondary syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia.
One of the few places one might expect to find a soaring rate of gonorrhea infection is the piously conservative state of Utah. But, new CDC data shows that the incidence of gonorrhea is up over 400% in merely three years, from 2011 to 2014.
Dame Sally Davies, Britain's chief medical officer, has written to pharmacies and GPs warning them to use correct medical practices when treating the sexually transmitted bacterial infection gonorrhea, but too late Somehow, the UK ended up getting three years behind us in treating the infection properly. This is no laughing matter. Thanks to bacterial resistance, we are now down to one drug that still cures the infection. Misusing it, as was done in the UK, will accelerate the resistance problem, and could leave us with no options to cure a very common STD.
Antibiotic resistance is back. Sixteen cases of "super-gonorrhea" have been identified in the U.K., "super" because it has become resistant to one of the two drugs in the cocktail that's used to treat the sexually transmitted disease. The chance of untreatable gonorrhea is not just a sci-fi movie premise.
The national rate of chlamydia infections has decreased for the first time since reporting on the disease began in 1994, says the CDC s annual report, Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance. The report summarizes data on chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea for 2013.
According to new recommendations released by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), all sexually active young adults and