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article imageA drug-resistant gonorrhea on the loose, new treatment adopted

By Marcus Hondro     Apr 30, 2013 in Health
Doctors in Ontario are experimenting with new treatment methods to combat a strain of gonorrhea they describe as being drug-resistant. The old treatment was simply an antibiotic in pill form but now this new treatment combines injections and pills.
“It’s really too bad that we can no longer use the pill (alone),” Dr. Vanessa Allen of the provincial public health agency told media. “If we could, obviously we would want to offer that. (But) we know it’s not as effective...and it may in fact be promoting resistance in these organisms in the community.”
Dual treatment for gonorrhea developed
The treatment approach, injectable ceftriaxone and oral azithromycin, was developed by a provincial health committee that Dr. Allen chaired. Canadian health officials are also looking at the approach to treating gonorrhea. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the U.S., and similar health bodies in Europe, have also recommended the dual approach.
Often called the 'clap', gonorrhea is an STD that for men is often characterized with burning discharge when urinating and/or penal discharge. For some women who get gonorrhea there are no symptoms, for others it is characterized by vaginal discharge of pelvic pain. It is dangerous if left untreated and can lead to joint problems and even inflation of heart valves.
The dual treatment is more of a burden on health care systems but Dr. Allen says it is necessary. “If we know that this is the more effective treatment, then there’s no sense treating something if it may be inadequate," she said. "I mean, what’s the point?”
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