Gonorrhea is becoming resistant to treatments and approaching superbug status

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 21st Feb 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Bacteria is becoming more and more resistant to our current medications. The new strains of the "superbugs" are affected influenza to sexually transmitted diseases.


Experts are concerned that bacteria found in the sexually transmitted disease, gonorrhea are becoming resistant to antibodies and this in turn will bring on a "superbug" around the world.

Vaccines are becoming ineffective

Catherine Ison, a professor at the Health Protection Agency Centre for Infections in London, presented the finding to the Society for General Microbiology’s spring meeting (2009) in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The strains of Neisseria gonorrhoeae are fast becoming resistant to Ceftriaxone and cefixime, which were very effective treatments for gonorrhea, but are proofing to be ineffective on these particular strains. The incidences where the drugs are showing to be ineffective are appearing in Japan, Hong Kong, parts of China and Asia, and Australia.

The growing concern is not isolated to the Eastern Hemisphere. In 2009, a report published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, confirmed that a marked increase in ineffective treatment for gonorrhea have been found in the province of Ontario.

A full 28 percent of cases treated, were resistant to fluoroquinolone drugs such as Cipro. This is the standard treatment in Canada. A clinic reported having a large gay community clientele and 55 percent of their samples reported were fluoroquinolone resistant. The public health officials in Canada and the USA are telling doctors no longer to use the drug.

Canadian and American doctors were told back in 2002 when the Western Hemisphere saw the resistant to fluoroquinolone to change to cefixime or another cephalosporin.


In response to the drug resistant findings, Catherine Ison says there are currently new drugs available, but the best way to treat the sexually transmitted disease is by using two drugs at once. The treatment procedure will have to be revised such as treating the patient over a period of time (rather than the current one time dose). These measures are important before the disease gets out of hand.

Gonorrhea is the second most prevalent sexually transmitted disease worldwide. It can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and infertility in women.

Dr. Kelly MacDonald, a microbiologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, states there are not many drugs available especially if they have to stop using the cephalosporin class. Not everyone can take the drugs left on the market. The bigger issue should focus on prevention, which includes condom use.


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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
21st Feb 2015 (#)

Great article. I learned about this in school. This is scary to say the least.

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Feb 2015 (#)

Another great article. Focusing on prevention would seem to be the most effective way but will people listen?

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author avatar writestuff
21st Feb 2015 (#)

Excellent post! Interesting and informative article.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
22nd Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you for writing on this and all the more reason to stay away from promiscuity!

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