Three more cases of the antibiotic-resistant “super gonorrhoea” have been found in the UK. This new strain of the STI is resistant to ceftriaxone, which is the main drug used to treat the infection in the UK.
With STIs on the Rise in the UK, Dr Sameer Sanghvi, Clinical Technology Lead at LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor, warns that the British public need to be wary of this new strain of gonorrhoea:
“Finding this strain of gonorrhoea in the UK is a strong reminder of the importance of keeping on top of your sexual health.
Gonorrhoea is unpleasant at the best of times and if left untreated, can lead to long term effects on your health, such as infertility.
Ceftriaxone resistance is fairly common in the Asia and Pacific regions, but you rarely encounter it within the UK. The public should be conscious of protecting themselves against it by taking the necessary precautions when having sex with new partners.”
How to protect yourself from antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea
It is important that people do not neglect sexual health, especially those with new or casual partners. To minimize the risk of catching gonorrhoea and other STIs, we suggest the following:
Always be prepared for sex and carry barrier contraceptives (such as condoms) with you just in case
Consistently use condoms, even during foreplay
Arrange regular STI tests, especially when you have new sexual partners
What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?
STI symptoms vary with different infections. But the typical symptoms of gonorrhoea include:
A thick green or yellow discharge from the vagina or penis
Pain when urinating
Pain and discomfort in the rectum
Lower abdominal pain and bleeding between periods for women
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then you should arrange an STI test at your local sexual health clinic or GP surgery. It is worth noting that many people with gonorrhoea are asymptomatic, especially those with infections in the throat, vagina or rectum.
It is important to treat gonorrhoea and other STIs as soon as possible. If left untreated, they can lead to serious long-term health problems and can even result in infertility in some cases.
Where can I get an STI test?
If you are experiencing any STI symptoms, you should arrange a test at a local GP surgery or sexual health clinic.
If you aren’t experiencing any symptoms, you can get an STI test from LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor. The tests arrive in discreet packaging and results can be delivered within three working days.
For more information on STI Tests, visit: https://onlinedoctor.lloydspharmacy.com/uk/sti-tests