There is increase in newly diagnosed cases of gonorrohea by twenty-five percent which signifies that the sexual transmitted infection is becoming terminal. Gonorrhea is caused by bacteria and may result in infertility. Usually it is treated by antibiotics, but majority of antibiotics are failing to treat the condition.
According to the HPA (Health Protection Agency), the threat of gonorrhea was very worrying and there was overall two percent rise in the number of newly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection in previous year. For the first time in more than decade, between 2009 and 2010, the number of sexually transmitted infections being diagnosed was dropped.
People under the age of twenty-five who are sexually active people are advised to be checked annually or when they have a change of sexual partner. Hitherto the number of tests fell from 2.3 million to 2.1 million between 2010 and 2011. Majority of young people were not taking care of their sexual health, warned the health officials.
Dr Gwenda Hughes, the head of sexually transmitted infection surveillance at the HPA stated they are very worried because it is a global issue. The gonorrhea bacterium is becoming very successful at developing resistance to every treatment used in the past few decades. They worried that in the next five years, this is going to be a very difficult infection to treat.
Even the most resistant form of the gonorrohea is not yet untreatable. Sexually transmitted infections can lead to infertility and other serious health problems, stated a spokesperson from a Department of Health. Therefore the message is clear that whatever your age, you should always use a condom. Because of people getting screened, there was a four percent drop in Chlamydia cases in young adults.
Lisa Power, from sexual-health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust, stated these figures must act as a wake-up call, not only to sexually active people but also to the government and public-health services. They represent a step backwards for the nation’s sexual health. The emergence of drug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea is just one consequence of continued high rates.