STD resistance highlights need for safe sex

A study has shown that a new strain of gonorrhea is resistant to antibiotics.

The bacteria that causes gonorrhea mutates and a new strain of the sexually transmitted infection has been found to not be impacted by traditionally used medicines to combat the illness.

A team of researchers will present its findings at a conference run by the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Disease Research in Canada.

Dr Magnus Unemo, from the Swedish Research Laboratory for Pathogenic Neisseria, said it was an alarming yet predictable discovery.

He said:

“Since antibiotics became the standard treatment for gonorrhoea in the 1940s, this bacterium has shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it.

“While it is still too early to assess if this new strain has become widespread, the history of newly emergent resistance in the bacterium suggests that it may spread rapidly unless new drugs and effective treatment programs are developed.”

This shocking discovery only serves to highlight the need for safe sex in every event. If you are not 100% sure of your partner’s sexual health, use condoms! We advise getting a clean bill of sexual health from your local clinic for your, and your partner’s, peace of mind.

Gonorrhoea is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the world. Some 50% of women infected with gonorrhoea have no symptoms. The same is true of 2-5% of men. When symptomatic, gonorrhoea is characterised by a burning sensation when urinating and can cause discharge from the genitals.

If left untreated, gonorrhoea can lead to serious and irreversible health complications in both women and men.

Don’t let STD worries stop you having a fulfilling sex life. Both men and women would benefit from keeping condoms with them.

Stay safe, stay sexy!



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