UK health officials have warned that a treatment resistant strain of ‘super gonorrhoea’ is getting ‘out of control’.
England’s chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies first warned the sexually transmitted infection (STI) could become untreatable in December last year, reports The Sun.
Since then, cases of super-gonorrhoea have been reported in Leeds, the West Midlands, London, and other areas of southern England.
A Public Health England report states:
The outbreak of HL-AziR gonorrhoea in England persists. Between November 2014 and August 2016 there have been a total of 48 confirmed and two probable cases.
The potential for rapid spread of HL-Azir N. gonorrhoea among high risk sexual networks including MSM is of particular concern.
The infection can cause pelvic inflammation, serious discomfort, a green or yellow genital discharge and even infertility. But worryingly, symptoms can go undetected in 1 in 10 infected men and 50 per cent of infected women.
Natika H Halil, chief executive of sexual health charity FPA, told The Independent:
There should be a statutory sex and relationships education, which the government has still not implemented, and easy access to sexual health services.
With ever-shrinking public health budgets and increasing pressure on local authorities to meet people’s varied health needs, this is no longer given and is a cause of real concern.
Natika said PHE’s report is a reminder of how important it is for people to know how to protect themselves against STIs and the importance of regular testing so cases can be diagnosed early and limit infections being passed on.
For more information on STIs and how to stay safe, visit www.brook.org.uk