Gonorrhoea Has Become Increasingly Difficult To Treat – Experts


The message to condomise is everywhere, however sometimes people do not listen, which is why this new research might come as a wake-up call.

American health agency Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned of the emergance of a drug-resistant strain of gonorrhoea which would make the treatment of the Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) harder.

The CDC says the STD has become increasingly difficult to treat.

“Gonorrhoea has progressively developed resistance to the antibiotic drugs prescribed to treat it following the spread of gonococcal fluroquinoline resistance. The cephalosporin antibiotics have been the foundation recommended treatment for gonorrhoea. The emergence of the cephalosporin-resistant gonorrhoea would significantly complicate the ability of providers to treat gonorrhoea successfully, since we have few antibiotic options left that are simple, well-studied and well-tolerated and highly effective,” it said.

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According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the threat of untreatable gonorrhoea comes with a number of devastating implications. The WHO says not only would it reverse the gains made in controlling the STD, but it could also lead to complications such as infertility, adverse pregnancy outcomes and blindness in newborn babies.

Globally, there is a growing threat of diseases that are resistant to antibiotics and the causes, according to the CDC, include the improper useage of antibiotics. Many people are prescribed these lifesaving drugs for illnesses that do not require treatment with antibiotics. Antibiotics are for the treatment of bacterial infections. The CDC warns that taking them for viral illnesses such as the cold or flu will not cure the infection, but do more harm than good.

“Taking antibiotics increases your risk of getting an antibiotic-resistant infection later,” it warned.

The solution according to the CDC is to monitor the situation and work on developing new drugs that can treat the STD.


Sources: CDC, The World Health Organisation\Destinyman

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