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A NEW DRUG-RESISTANT STRAIN OF GONORRHEA HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Gonorrhea didn't used to be one of the most worrisome sexually transmitted infections, until now. An isolate of gonorrhea has been identified and characterized that is resistant to treatment with first line drugs. Worldwide, public health officials are worried that global spread of this isolate could result in lifelong infections. Charlotte Gaydos, a sexually transmitted infections expert at Johns Hopkins, explains the likely consequences.

GAYDOS: The reason this organism is so serious is that in women, you can actually see it as a cause of sequelae that come after the initial infection. Some of them that we can see include pelvic inflammatory disease, and this is a very painful disease that women can get inflammation of the reproductive tract. Also it can cause scarring in the Fallopian tubes and can result in infertility or even in what we call a tubal pregnancy. :30

Gaydos says a gonorrhea infection that doesn't respond to treatment should be reported immediately. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.

 



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