High alert for Untreatable gonorrhoea

England and Wales healtth expertise are on high alert for untreatable gonorrhoea. Although the cases in UK has been treatable but the infection rates are still rise. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has launching an action to reduce transmission and they also monitor for this problem. Gonorrhoea is common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) in England.
There’s 21,000 new cases found in 2011. The expert has develop resistance to the antibiotic called ceftriaxone and azithromycin. However, cases of treatment failure have now been reported globally and no new drugs in the pipleine. England’s chief medical officer has advised the government to add the threat of the infection’s resistance to front-line antibiotics to the civil emergency risk register.
Dr Gwenda Hughes from Health Protection Agency said ” “We are seriously concerned about continuing high levels of gonorrhoea transmission and repeat infection, suggesting we need to do more to reduce unsafe sexual behaviour.”.
The first case of antibiotic resistant gonorrhoea was found in Japan in 2011.
Source :- BBC

That’s a big news. But do we really know about gonorrhoea. Let’s read this info about gonorrhoea


Gonorrhoea is a common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI). It can be painful and can cause serious health problems such as infertility.


It is caused by a bacteria which is found mainly in the semen and vaginal fluids of men and women who get the infection. Gonorrhoea is easily passed throught sexual contact.
The bacteria can live inside the cells of the cervix, the urethra, the rectum, the throat and occasionally the eyes. Gonorrhoea also can be passed from a pregnant woman to her baby.


In men, the main symptom is painful urination and there’s also a discharge from the tip of the penis which may be white, yellow or green.
You also could get rectal pain, irritation.

In women, there may be painful urination and a discharge from the vagina.

It is important not to delay getting a test. It is possible to do a gonorrhoea test even if there are no symptoms.


The test can be done at
1. Some general practices
2. Some contraceptive and young people’s clinic
3. A genitourinary medicine (GUM) or sexual health clinic

Reference :- FPA

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