As STD levels are climbing, the chief medical officer from Great Britain issued a general warning regarding the emergence of a new strain of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea. In a press statement, Sally Davies declared that suboptimal gonorrhea meds may fuel super gonorrhea, a new strain that is virtually impervious to all forms of treatment.
Recently, new cases of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea cases have emerged in the area around Leeds. According to certain reports, it would seem that main perpetrator are doctors who do not prescribe the correct treatment.
Thus, the chief medical officer cautioned all general practitioners and pharmacists to proceed with care when prescribing a treatment for a patient suffering from this form of STD. If treated incorrectly, the disease will not only blossom but it will also be capable in transforming in a new strain, one that cannot be treated with conventional STD meds, such as ceftriaxone or azithromycin.
Moreover, it would seem that Davies’s hunches regarding the emergence of super gonorrhea are confirmed via several health studies performed nationwide. According to a report drafted by Public Health England, it would seem that GPs are still prescribing ciprofloxacin for patients who suffer from gonorrhea.
The same report states that doctors stopped prescribing ciprofloxacin to patients suffering from gonorrhea back in 2015, due to the fact that the bacteria has shown increased resistance to the antibiotic.
The PHE report also managed to draw attention to the new strain of antibiotic-resistant super gonorrhea. All around the country, roughly 16 new cases have been discovered. According to their appraisal of the situation, it would seem that the new strain yet remains unresponsive to azithromycin treatment. The situation becomes much more dramatic due to the fact that, presently, azithromycin is the last line of defense in the fight against this type of STD.
Sally Davies also stated that the standard course of treatment for gonorrhea is using ceftriaxone and azithromycin in conjunction. Furthermore, if this practice continues, Davies said that we will be seeing more cases of super gonorrhea.
So, the chief medical officer cautioned all GPs and pharmacist to exercise extra caution when choosing a treatment over another. As for the patients, Davies said that it is best for them to report if they did any traveling outside the country lately. This is because this type of gonorrhea might have originated from Australia.
Suboptimal gonorrhea meds may fuel super gonorrhea if doctors fail to prescribe the correct treatment. The disease is caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria, and it can be transmitted through sexual contact. Gonorrhea mainly affects the genital area, but it can also spread to the anus and throat.