Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Warning on safe sex as women get ‘super’ STD

Warning on safe sex as women get ‘super’ STD

Despite their infections being resistant to initial treatment, both women have successfully been cured of their respective ailments and are now able to begin the enjoyable task of contacting all of their sexual partners to break the news.

A year ago it was revealed that a British man had contracted the world's "worst ever case" of super-gonorrhoea after having sex with a woman in south-east Asia.

The second woman was found to have caught the sexually transmitted disease after coming from a "party destination" in Europe.

The infection is usually treated with the antibiotics ceftriaxone and azithromycin but the bacterium in these two cases was resistant to the drugs. Doctors are trying to establish if the cases are linked.

"Spread of extensively drug-resistant strains like the ones identified in the United Kingdom and Australia can have an even more serious impact on the control of gonorrhoea".

But it is becoming increasingly hard to fight as the bacteria are evolving and becoming resistant enough to survive front-line medications.

A European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control report published a year ago saying: "The control of gonorrhoea depends on primary prevention, including promoting safer sex practices (in particular the use of condoms), regular testing of individuals at risk as well as treatment with effective antibiotics to reduce the chance of further transmission".

At the time Plus magazine said "This particularly sinister new strain of gonorrhea (sometimes spelled gonorrhoea) doesn't respond to any known conventional gonorrhea regimens, making it particularly hard, and in some cases "impossible" to treat".

Dr. Nick Phin, from Public Health England, said it was "unfair" to say super-gonorrhoea was now circulating in the UK.

Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection which causes pain while urinating, unusual discharge from the penis or vagina, and bleeding between periods.

'We would also like to remind all healthcare providers about the crucial importance of adhering to BASHH guidelines for the management and treatment of gonorrhoea'.

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