Scientists fear oral sex could be spreading new antibiotic resistant gonorrhea

  • Antibiotic resistant gonorrhea is a major concern among health experts — and oral sex could be making the threat even more dire.
  • A new World Health Organization report that analyzed data from 77 countries found that gonorrhea has developed varying degrees of resistance to the antibiotics used to treat it.
  • The WHO found a “widespread resistance to older and cheaper antibiotics” — and in some countries, there have been reports of gonorrhea that can’t be treated with any known antibiotics.
  • “The bacteria that cause gonorrhea are particularly smart,” Dr. Teodora Wi, Medical Officer, Human Reproduction, at the WHO said in the statement. “Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them.” Read more (7/7/17)

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