'Supergonorrhea' is spreading in the world: it is resistant to antibiotics and cannot be treated - ForumDaily
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'Supergonorrhea' is spreading around the world: it is resistant to antibiotics and cannot be cured

An Austrian man is reported to have contracted a new resistant strain of venereal disease after having an affair with a sex worker in Cambodia. New York Post.

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According to the World Health Organization, "supergonorrhea" refers to a strain that has a high level of resistance to currently recommended treatments.

If multidrug-resistant strains of gonorrhea begin to spread, many STDs could become untreatable.

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A report published last week in Eurosurveillance warned that the new strain could pose a "serious global public health threat," according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

“If such strains manage to establish sustained transmission, many cases of gonorrhea could become untreatable,” the report says.

The report details that a man in his 50s had unprotected sex with a sex worker in Cambodia in April 2022, and five days later felt pain when urinating and witnessed penile discharge.

He was given antibiotics, which relieved his symptoms, but additional tests still showed a positive result, so he was additionally treated with a penicillin-containing antibiotic called coamoxiclav.

If left untreated, gonorrhea can cause infertility in both women and men, increase the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, or spread to the joints and other parts of the body, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gonorrhea is one of the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infections in the United States. The CDC estimates that one in five people in the US has a sexually transmitted infection.

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