Common STD May Become Untreatable
Gonorrhea infections in the United States have increased to around 800,000 new cases a year--more than half of which are undiagnosed. The bacterial infection is most common in sexually active young people between the ages of 15 and 24.
A recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that gonorrhea is likely becoming resistant to azithromycin, an oral antibiotic that often is used in combination with ceftriaxone injection to treat the infection. According to the CDC, gonorrhea has already developed resistance to 3 other types of antibiotics, including penicillin.
Alarming results of the study indicate that from 2013 to 2014, the rate of "weaker response" to azithromycin in people infected with gonorrhea rose more than 400%--from 0.6% to 2.5%. Dr. Jonathan Mermin of the CDC reports, "The growing threat of untreatable gonorrhea, combined with increasing rates of disease, makes it more important than ever to prevent new infections."
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