The bacteria which causes the STI gonorrhoea is becoming resistant to antibiotics, with few alternatives available does the treatment need to start becoming more aggressive before it’s too late?

Gonorrhoea is becoming resistant to treatment. Photograph: ecastro

The current treatment is a single dose of an antibiotic, either cefixime or ceftriaxone, but the bacteria is starting to find ways of adapting.

The two antibiotics are effective but resistance is emerging against cefixime according to a speaker at the Society for General Microbiology conference.

Other countries have started to react to this emerging resistance with Japan increasing the dose.

The speaker stated that a reduction in resistance could be achieved by using the two antibiotics together.

Ultimately something needs to be decided so the World Health Organization are discussing drug-resistant gonorrhoea at a meeting next week.

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