World Health Organization (WHO) issued new guidelines for the
treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including
gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis, in response to the
increasing difficulty treating these bacterial infections.
report says the problem is a result of misuse and overuse of
antibiotics. Of the three most common forms of STDs, WHO
officials say gonorrhea has developed the strongest resistance
to antibiotics. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention says there are more than 800,000 new cases of
gonorrhea each year.
is becoming more of a challenge to treat because of drug
resistance, and this is not a new concept in antibacterial
therapy," says Mayo Clinic OB-GYN Dr. Jamie Bakkum-Gamez.
"Having a gonorrhea infection can lead to a variety of
different problems, including infertility; pain; symptoms
associated with infections, such as drainage; and infection of
reproductive organs. For women, it can also lead to
infections, such as ovarian abscesses that may require surgery
says prevention is key. "The best way to prevent sexually
transmitted disease is to use barrier protection, such as
condoms. Also, know your sexual history and be tested for
sexually transmitted infections before initiating intercourse
with a new partner. And, that partner should also be