Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea found in California
Earlier this month there were five cases of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea in San Diego County, California. All five of the cases were filed between August and October 2009. While these cases occurred in a relatively small area, antibiotic-resistant strains of the sexually transmitted infection have been reported worldwide, according to HealthDay News.
Currently, most cases of gonorrhea can be cured with medicine through the use of two drugs, a process known as dual therapy. The particular strain of the STD found in California was resistant to azithromycin, one of the two drugs used in dual therapy.
While only five men were found to have the resistant form of the disease, sexual health experts warn that it's likely the illness is widespread in the area. They will continue to keep an eye on the sexually active adults in San Diego County an effort to prevent any outbreaks of the illness.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gonorrhea is a very common STD in both men and women. The organization estimates that more than 700,000 U.S. citizens get new infections of the illness every year, less than half of which are reported to the CDC. There were 301,174 cases of the STD reported to the CDC in 2009.
Gonorrhea is spread through vaginal, penile, anal or oral sexual contact. Anyone who is sexually active is at risk of contracting the illness, though rates are higher among teenagers and young adults.
The CDC states that condoms can reduce the risk of transmission of gonorrhea. It is essential for sexually active individuals to know how to use a condom, and anyone who is curious about condom FAQs should consult a doctor or sexual health expert to find out more information.