Gonorrhea Treatments Failing: What You Should Do

No clapping for the clap. It may get the best of us. The CDC has checked the gonorrhea being passed around for the past ten years by testing men in over 30 cities around the country. Over the past few decades standard treatments have all followed these paths including the antibiotics sulfonamides, penicillin, and tetracycline. In 2007, the CDC stopped recommending any fluoroquinolone regimens and now cephalosporins have been the last treatment known to be really effective. So we now give cefixime or ceftriaxone along with azithromycin. And the important thing to remember, you cannot always be tested by cultures. Most labs do DNA tests, which tests for the organisms presence. If you have a treatment that has failed your gyno may want to try to find a lab that will indeed do a gonorrhea culture test, which can test for the organism, and test for how sensitive the organism is to the medicine you were given for your treatment. Cures now may have to be evaluated by a follow up check up to make sure the treatment worked. The western part of the US apparently has more gonorrhea resistance than the eastern part of the US and women should go back a week after being treated and retest. It's important for women to make sure they have cleared their gonorrhea infections or you can have: blocked fallopian tubes, pelvic pain, pelvic inflammatory disease, tubal pregnancy, or infertility. All women 25 and under need to be tested, and women with new partners should consider being tested for gonorrhea. If you have been treated for this, consider being retested to make sure you were cured.


 
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