Doctors tryn stop using a key antibiotic to treat routine cases of gonorrhea due to signs of bacterial resistance, leaving one treatment left for the sexually transmitted disease.There is no longer recommends the use of cefixime, marketed under the brand name Suprax.That leaves the injectable generic antibiotic ceftriaxone, used in combination with another antibiotic, as the last treatment option.Dr. Gail Bolan said “This will not solve the problem of drug-resistant gonorrhea once and for all, but it may buy us time to allow researchers and drug developers to develop new treatments”.Experts said the best way to reduce the risk of drug-resistant gonorrhea is to rapidly diagnose the disease and fight it with combinations of two or more types of antibiotics at the same time.Also used in the treatment of some other infections like tuberculosis.If left untreated, gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirths, severe eye infections in babies and infertility in both men and women.So-called “superbug” drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea accounted for almost one in 10 cases of sexually transmitted disease in Europe.there have so far been no U.S. cases of “untreatable” gonorrhea.cefixime may be needed as an alternative treatment option in some cases.
Signs and symptoms of gonorrhea infection in men include painful urination,Pus-like discharge from the tip of the penis,Pain or swelling in one testicle.Signs and symptoms of gonorrhea infection in women includes increased vaginal discharge,Painful urination,Vaginal bleeding between periods, such as after vaginal intercourse,Abdominal pain,Pelvic pain.
In 2010, the gonorrhea rate among American Indians/Alaska Natives was 105.7 cases per 100,000 population, which was 4.6 times the rate among whites. The disparity between gonorrhea rates for American Indians/Alaska Natives and whites was larger for American Indian/Alaska Native women (5.0 times) than for American Indian/Alaska Native men (3.9 times). In 2010, the disparity in gonorrhea rates for American Indians/Alaska Natives was higher in the West and Midwest than in the Northeast or South. In the United States, there are approximately 300,000 reported cases of gonorrhea each year, but because infected people often have no symptoms, the actual number of cases is likely closer to 700,000, Bolan said.