Sexually-transmitted diseases rapidly developing resistance to antibiotics

Posted at 5:58 PM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-31 17:58:08-04

Three sexually-transmitted diseases are rapidly developing resistance to antibiotics. Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis infect more than 200 million people yearly worldwide. It not only affects quality of life, but can cause serious illnesses and sometimes death.

Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem and the main factor is the overuse and misuse of antibiotics.  Gonorrhea is a very smart bug that continually adapts to new antibiotics. Back in 2006 there were five antibiotic treatments for Gonorrhea, today we only have one recommended by the CDC.

The World Health Organization has released new guidelines stating these STIs be treated with the right antibiotic, at the right dose, and the right time.  This will help to reduce their spread and improve sexual and reproductive health.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases are on the rise here in the United States and some are increasing at an alarming rate. Here are my prescriptions:

Partha’s RX for Ways to Prevent STD’s:

1. Have a Long-Term Mutually Monogamous Relationship
Which means you agree to be sexually active with only one person who’s also uninfected.

2. Use Condoms
They’re one of the most effective methods to protect against STD’s when used consistently and correctly.

3. Get Screened Annually for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
These don’t always have symptoms and if infected you help stop others from being infected.

4. If STD’s are diagnosed, Make Sure Your Partner is Treated Too
Both of you need treatment at the same time to avoid getting re-infected.

Gonorrhea can be painful and infect the genitals, rectum, and throat. If left untreated, there’s a chance it’ll spread to your blood and joints which can be life-threatening. With Syphilis, a pregnant woman can pass this to her child during pregnancy which can cause fetal deaths and stillbirths. 

The most common bacterial STI is Chlamydia which causes burning sensations when urinating. Both Chlamydia and Gonorrhea can cause fertility issues.