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Super Gonorrhea may not be controllable

By Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP

 

We’ve heard the term “Super Gonorrhea” but there’s nothing super about it.  Outbreaks have been reported and strains have been found in England that are showing resistance to drugs including azithromycin, which has been one of the few antibiotics left that can treat the bacteria.

 Although earlier records of the disease were found in the 1600’s, the pathogen, Neisseria Gonorrhea was discovered by a German physician and microbiologist Albert Neisser in 1879.  It would be treated with silver nitrate, collodial silver, herbs, plants, heavy metals over the years, but it wasn’t till the 1940’s that Penicillin was widely used.  By 1980 they found that some strains of gonorrhea became resistant to Penicillin so other antibiotics began to be deputized.
Although a shot of Ceftriaxone may still work, oral medications such as Ciprofloxin and now Azithromycin are proving inept to treat the disease which causes burning with urination, purulent discharge, pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.  It can even affect the newborns of infected mothers.
Although the CDC suggests using ceftriaxone as first-line treatment, the best defense, of course, is to avoid getting infected in the first place.  To stop the spread of super-gonorrhea, we need to stop its spread period. Condoms and safe sex are highly recommended.  And getting tested along with your partner regularly isn’t a bad idea.  If we fail at stopping this……then we’re back to the silver nitrate treatments. And these weren’t oral by the way…nope……pretty uncomfortable……..Guess we better get to work.

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio, and Board Certified Family Physician

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Nationally Syndicated Radio Host, Board Certified Family Medicine Physician, Assistant Professor Touro University Nevada

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