Drug resistant gonorrhea “may be antibiotic resistant and untreatable”

April 12, 2016   |   Evidence in Integrative Healthcare

Gonorrhea is the 2nd most common sexually transmitted disease in England and there’s been a 20% increase in cases from 2013 to 2014. In the US the CDC reports that there are approximately 820,000 new infections each year with less than half of them detected and reported. Now, doctors from both continents are concerned that this form of STD (sexually transmitted disease) will soon be untreatable with current drug regimens due to patients either not receiving appropriate treatment or not following through with their medication protocol. As the bacteria becomes more resistant to treatment, fewer alternatives to treat this drug-resistant form of the infection are available. Patients at risk should be informed and infected patients should be closely monitored for adherence to treatment regimens.