Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea presents a looming public health crisis that could be prevented.
This week, Boston College gets support for its decision to halt student condom distribution, Nebraska tries to pass an expedited partner treatment law, and the bacon condom arrives just in time for April Fool’s Day (but it’s not a joke).
The CDC surveillance numbers for 2011 show that gonorrhea and chlamydia are up especially among young people and that three-quarters of all syphilis cases are among men who have sex with men; an analysis of STIs in New York City finds they are inextricably linked to poverty, and research suggests dormant HPV may reactivate as women near menopause.
The are over 700,000 cases of gonorrhea in the United States each year, and the bacteria itself has been changing and developing resistance to all but one class of antibiotics. With the likelihood that an antibiotic-resistant strain will be seen here soon, the CDC has released new treatment guidelines and a response a plan.
For years, even those in the public heath community paid little attention to gonorrhea because it was easy to prevent, easy to screen for, and easy to treat—at least it was until now. Gonorrhea is caused by wily bacteria that has become resistant to all-but-one class of antibiotics and we don’t have any others to throw at it. It’s time to take start taking notice.
Kaiser Permanente makes it incredibly challenging for gay men to get the STD tests they need, hurdles that help fuel the spread of STIs in our community – including HIV. This is especially troubling at a time when new antibiotic-resistant strains of gonorrhea have emerged.
It’s time to start taking gonorrhea prevention and control more seriously, before we end up – like the Black Knight – without a leg to stand on.
STD Awareness Month (SAM) is important because of the potential harm of untreated STDs, including adverse pregnancy outcomes, infertility, cancers of the reproductive tract, and increased likelihood of HIV transmission.
As an African-American female who has worked in public health for 20 years I am a little exhausted of the slow progress that the United States has made concerning health equity for minority populations.
It’s rare that my MSM patients know which STDs they ought to be screened for, and how often. Men who have sex with men don’t get screened often enough for diseases like syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV.