Doctors warning as antibiotic-resistant super-gonorrhoea on the rise in the UK
Originally published on Daily Record
Health experts are reminding the public of the benefits of safe sex - warning that the number of cases of super-gonorrhea are increasing.
It comes amid an increase in antibiotic resistance, making it harder to treat the sexually transmitted disease.
Last year it was reported that a Brit had contracted the "world's worst" case of the STD after a sexual encounter with a woman in south-east Asia, as the Mirror reports.
The main treatment normally used to treat the infection failed, with the man only being cured after being put on a drip of antibiotics for three days.
Now, according to a report by Public Health England (PHE), the number of cases of the disease in the UK is soaring.
A PHE report warns that resistance to three of the key drugs used to treat the infection has grown, limiting the options to treat the disease.
Last year, PHE announced that there were 422,000 new STD cases in 2017, around the same number reported in 2016.
There were 7,137 diagnoses of syphilis, a 20 per cent increase compared with 2016 and a 148 per cent increase from 2008.
The number of cases of gonorrhoea was up 22 per cent from 2016, and the number of chlamydia tests had dropped by eight per cent.
According to Public Health England, the groups with the most infections were young heterosexuals aged 15 to 24, black ethnic minorities, and gay, bisexual and other MSM (men having sex with men) .
Roughly one in 10 men and more than three quarters of women show no recognisable symptoms when infected with the disease.
Cases of gonorrhoea have risen by 22 per cent in one year, with almost 45,000 diagnoses in 2017, figures for England show.
And diagnoses of syphilis are at their highest level for nearly 70 years, with 7,137 cases last year.
The figure is a 20 per cent rise on the previous year, and more than twice that recorded in 2012.
Dr Helen Fifer, a PHE consultant microbiologist, told The Telegraph: “Gonorrhoea can be serious if untreated, with possible long-term health problems including infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease.
"The best way to protect yourself is to always use condoms with new and casual partners.
"Last year new cases of gonorrhoea increased by 22 per cent in England with many cases becoming more resistant to antibiotics. We expect to see further cases of antibiotic resistant gonorrhoea in the future, which will be challenging for healthcare professionals to manage."