Sexually transmitted gonsters only respond to an antibiotic
So-called gonorrhea is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases worldwide. The disease is colloquially known as gonorrhea. A strain of STD has now appeared in the UK that appears to be highly drug-resistant. Treatment of the disease could therefore become impossible in the future, warn medical doctors.
The strain of a sexually transmitted "super tripper" is spreading further and further in Great Britain. This is very resistant to the antibiotic azithromycin, which is why treatment with other antibiotics is only possible. Resistance to gonorrhea seems to be increasing worldwide. Medicines from the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV have now issued a press release warning of the growing threat from this condition.
If the resistance of the strain continues to increase, treatment becomes impossible
A strain of gonorrhea is spreading in the UK that is becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. Treatment with the antibiotic azithromycin is already ruled out because the Super-Tripper is resistant to this type of treatment. Thus, occurring cases must be treated with the drug ceftriaxon, the doctors report. There seemed to be no other medication that would be suitable for treatment. The strain could no longer be treated if its resistance increased, the experts emphasized. Public Health England (PHE) has also issued a press release warning of the condition and encouraging people in the UK to use condoms when they have sex with new or casual partners. This is to reduce the risk of contracting the sexually transmitted disease. If gonorrhea is left untreated, serious complications can occur, say the doctors. In rare cases, the disease can lead to infertility or septicemia.
Fortunately, the current strain of the disease can still be treated with ceftriaxone, explains Dr. Gwenda Hughes of Public Health England. However, we are aware that the bacterium that causes gonorrhea can quickly develop resistance to other antibiotics. So we can't afford to be complacent because there are no other treatments available if azithromycin and ceftriaxone have lost their effectiveness because the strain has become resistant, adds Dr. Hughes added.
Resistant trunk is spreading further and further
When strains of gonorrhea develop that are resistant to both azithromycin and ceftriaxone, further treatment options remain severely limited. According to the researchers, there is currently no new antibiotic available that can effectively treat the infection. Since November 2014, 34 confirmed cases of resistant disease have been diagnosed. As of September 2015, eleven cases occurred in the West Midlands and southern England alone. At least 16 cases of the disease occurred in northern England, including 12 cases in Leeds, where the mutant strain of gonorrhea was first detected, the doctors say. This strain, which is resistant to azithromycin, then spread from Leeds to patients in Macclesfield, Oldham and Scunthorpe. Cases of the disease have been found in heterosexual men and women, but also in homosexual men, the experts say.
In 2014, 35,000 cases of gonorrhea were diagnosed in England alone
The spread of high-risk gonorrhea resistant to azithromycin could become a great danger, the experts warn. Every effort should therefore be made to prevent further spread, said the President of Public Health England, Dr. Elizabeth Carlin told the BBC news channel. There were almost 35,000 cases of gonorrhea in England in 2014. The majority of people affected are under the age of 25, the experts say. Sick people may experience pain when urinating, but the symptoms explain that about ten percent of men and almost half of all women have no symptoms at all. Concerns about resistant strains of gonorrhea continue to grow, and back in 2012 the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control warned that drug-resistant forms of gonorrhea were spreading across Europe. (as)