Warnings from public health officials have been confirmed with the first reports of a super-resistant Gonorrhoea strain in the United Kingdom.

Earlier in 2018, a man who had recently travelled to Asia, and had sexual relations with a local woman had shown symptoms of Gonorrhoea.

Attempt to cure super-resistant Gonorrhoea

After an initial failed attempt to cure the Gonorrhoea by using the standard antibiotics used in these cases (Ceftriaxone injection and Azithromycin), he is now being medicated with a different drug and will be retested in 4 weeks’ time.

super-resistant Gonorrhoea disease depicted as a cell

Potential super-resistant Gonorrhoea suspects being traced

Luckily his partner back in the UK avoided contracting the super-resistant strain and although the man does not want to be identified, officials are desperately trying to trace any other sexual partners the man has come in contact with to try and contain the spread.

Gonorrhoea is one of the most common STI’s in the world, with 78 million cases reported every year. Health officials worry about the super strain now spreading across the globe.

Preventing the spread of super-resistant Gonorrhoea

We advise everyone who believes they may have come into contact with anyone harbouring the infection to get treated straight away, however prevention is far better than cure and the only way to stop the spread is to protect yourself by using condoms.

The symptoms of the super-resistant Gonorrhoea remain the same as the standard strain, which are as follows and will become apparent after 1 to 2 weeks-

  • Pain or burning sensation while urinating
  • Abnormal discharge
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Pain or tenderness in the abdominal area
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Heavier periods
  • Bleeding after sex
  • Swelling of the foreskin
  • Pain in the testicular area

Some symptoms can differ from patient to patient, with many not getting any symptoms to others experiencing some or all listed above appropriate to your gender.

Different areas of the body affected by super-resistant Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea can also cause infection in the rectum, eyes and throat by having unprotected sex or if infected semen or vaginal fluid comes into contact with the eyes.

An infection in the eyes can develop into conjunctivitis, while infection in the throat will usually cause no symptoms.

Infection in the rectum can cause discomfort pain or discharge.

All infections must be treated as if left undiagnosed can lead to serious complications including infertility. Medical experts also warn of an increased risk of HIV, if patients do not seek medical help.
Furthermore, you will also risk passing this infection on to other people.

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