Antibiotic-resistant ‘Super Gonorrhoea’

The diagnosis of two Australian patients so far this year with a drug-resistant strain of gonorrhoea has sparked growing concern for the over use of antibiotics.

Since 2014, the commonly prescribed method to combat the STI has been a dual-drug treatment involving ceftriaxone and azithromycin. But the newly discovered ‘super gonorrhoea’ is resistant to both of these, as well as every other routinely used antibiotic, leading health experts to warn of the potential for antibiotic-resistant bacteria to spread with no effective treatment available.

Naturally, sexually active gay men are especially at risk, and with more and more fellas ditching condoms in favour of PrEP (which FYI doesn’t protect from gonorrhoea!), a new sexual health crisis may soon be on our doorstep.

The 'super gonorrhea' strain, a bug called Neisseria gonorrhoeae, is highly difficult to treat given its resistance to the antibiotics that are often used to treat the infection. ... Gonorrhea is normally treated with one of two commonly used antibiotics: azithromycin or ceftriaxone.

“The sexually transmitted bacteria (Neisseria gonorrhoeae) causes nearly 80 million infections a year.

“This bacteria now has the potential to carry and spread high levels of antibiotic resistance through a much larger population of both people and other bacteria.”

Anyone who has symptoms or concerns they may have been exposed to gonorrhoea or any other STI were urged to contact their GP or visit a sexual health clinic.

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