The Public Health Agency of England is investigating the case of a man from Great Britain infected with a form of gonorrhea resistant to a multitude of drugs. The man went to the health services this year and it was discovered that he was infected with a type of bacteria that is completely resistant to the first line of treatments used to end it. The man became infected with this sexually transmitted disease in Southeast Asia one month before the symptoms began, the case study indicates.
The first line of treatment used for gonorrhea is a combination of two antibiotics (azithromycin and ceftriaxone) and this is the first report in the world of an infection with high level of resistance to both drugs, according to the Public Health Agency of England. His infection is “very resistant to the recommended first-line treatment,” said Dr. Gwenda Hughes, a scientific consultant and head of the Section of Sexually Transmitted Infections in Public Health in England. The man is receiving intravenous treatment with the antibiotic ertapenem, which appears to be effective so far, the report said. It will be checked again in April.
“We are monitoring this case to make sure that the infection was effectively treated with other options and the risk of future transmission is minimized,” Hughes said. The doctor emphasized the importance of practicing safe sex to avoid such infections. “It is best to avoid getting or transmitting gonorrhea in the first place and everyone can significantly reduce their risk by using condoms consistently and correctly with all new or casual companies,” he said in a statement.
Gonorrhea is becoming a growing concern for international health organizations as more cases have shown resistance to medications. The WHO estimates that 78 million people in the world are infected with gonorrhea each year.
“Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them,” said Teodora Wi, a human reproduction specialist at the World Health Organization (WHO), in a press release last year. .
Symptoms include a burning sensation when urinating and unusual discharge from the penis or vagina. If left untreated, the infection can cause serious health problems, including long-term abdominal pain and pelvic inflammatory disease, which could lead to an extrauterine pregnancy and infertility.