Gonorrhea Becoming Resistant to All Antibiotics
Gonorrhea is a notorious sexually transmitted disease (STD), which is becoming even more dangerous. Researchers warn it is becoming resistant to all the antibiotics used to treat it in the U.S. In 2009, 25% of gonorrhea strains were found to resist fluoroquinolones, tetracycline and penicillin, as well as a combination of all these antibiotics, that are commonly used to treat this STD.
In 2010, gonorrhea also developed resistance to cephalosporin, the last STD antibiotic left. Health experts say the resistance could become worse. If gonorrhea’s resistance to cephalosporin becomes confirmed, this STD could become a superbug, which would drastically affect its containment in the U.S.
Health experts opine STD screening and protected sex can reduce the spread of gonorrhea. This STD can cause serious complications such as severe pelvic pain in women, and infertility in men and women. It can even pose a risk to life if the gonorrhea bacteria spreads to the joints or blood.
The CDC estimates that greater than 700,000 U.S. citizens get this disease every year. It is in fact second among the most common contagious diseases reported to the government in the U.S.