The World Health Organisation has warned that those who engage in oral sex risk contacting what it describes as ‘super gonorrhoea.’
The untreatable strain of gonorrhoea is rapidly spreading across the world, putting millions of lives at risk, and begin to spread after becoming resistant to antibiotics.
The spread of untreatable gonorrhoea to two reasons: indulging in oral sex and a decline in condom use.
Gonorrhoea, which is sexually-transmitted, can live at the back of the throat and, because of this, has become immune to antibiotics used to treat common throat infections.
Now, experts from the WHO have said it is “only a matter of time” before last-resort gonorrhoea antibiotics would be of no use at all.
Gonorrhoea is a very smart bug, Every time you introduce a new type of antibiotic to treat it, this bug develops resistance to it. The rapid spread of the antibiotic resistant bacteria has been caused in part by oral sex.
When you use antibiotics to treat infections such as a normal sore throat, this mixes with the Neisseria species (gonorrhoea bacteria) in your throat and this results in resistance.
A decline in condom use is also thought to have helped the infection to spread.
The WHO found there was widespread resistance to the first-line medicine ciprofloxacin and increasing resistance to azithromycin.
In most countries, last-case antibiotics are now the only single antibiotics that remain effective for treating gonorrhoea. Yet, resistance to them has already been reported in 50 countries.
The situation was ‘grim’ and there was a ‘pressing need’ for new medicines. The pipeline is very thin, with only three potential new gonorrhoea drugs in development and no guarantee any will prove effective in final-stage trials.
Any new treatment developed should be accessible to everyone who needs it, while ensuring it is used appropriately, so that drug resistance is slowed as much as possible.
The World Health Organisation estimates that 78 million people a year get gonorrhoea — a sexually transmitted disease that can infect the genitals, rectum and throat.
Physicians warn that gonorrhoea can turn vaginal and penis discharge green, but is often symptomless.
Again, they warn that it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility, as well as increasing the risk of getting HIV.