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OMG. Antibiotic resistent gonorrhea. Now the clap becomes increasingly hard to cure.

I’ve long been telling my patients that there really are only 3 sexually transmitted infections that you can’t cure with a quick trip to the doctor. (well 4 if you count the 20% of people with Hep C) They are HIV, HPV (the virus that causes genital warts and herpes.

Now apparently we can add gonorrhea to that list.

In all fairness (and not to be a scaremongerer) it’s only one type o gonorrhea.

When I worked in the sexual health clinic at the begining of my career, you would regularly see people coming in with the green, infected oozing genitals that signified gonorrhea. It`s the burn when you pee, “oops I caught something” infection that was treated with a one-dose pill.

It turns out that antibiotics have been the standard treatment for gonorrhea since the 1940’s. Those bugs have had loads of time and opportunity to become resistent.

As many as 700,000 people in the United States are believed to get gonorrhea annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Up to half of infected women experience no symptoms, while men usually see signs of infection within two to 30 days.  Any type of sex can transmit it, but it is intercourse where it becomes a bigger concern.

 

 

 

 

 

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