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Gonorrhea No Longer Treatable

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  • Gonorrhea is increasingly becoming resistant to available drug treatments; a dual therapy is now recommended to treat it, consisting of two antibiotics, ceftriaxone and azithromycin
  • In the U.K., the first case of gonorrhea that’s resistant to both ceftriaxone and azithromycin has been reported
  • The man was diagnosed in early 2018, and it’s believed he contracted the infection via sexual activity with a person in Southeast Asia about a month prior
  • The patient is now being treated with an intravenous antibiotic called ertapenem, which is related to ceftriaxone; the infection appears to be responding to the new treatment but officials are planning to retest the patient to determine if it was successful

By Dr. Mercola

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that infects an estimated 820,000 people in the U.S. annually, mostly those between the ages of 15 and 24. Worldwide, 78 million people are infected with gonorrhea every year. Caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium, gonorrhea is spread by through sexual contact, as well as from mother to baby during childbirth. This bacterial infection has long been easily treated with antibiotics, but gonorrhea is increasingly becoming resistant to available drug treatments.


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