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Could Gonorrhea soon be untreatable?

U.N. Health Officials warn that we are running out of ways to treat gonorrhea.
Written by in Sexually transmitted diseases on the 31/08/2016   
Could Gonorrhea soon be untreatable?
The World health Organisation (WHO) has announced new guidelines which warn doctors that the entire class of antibiotics called quinolones is no longer recommended for the treatment of Gonorrhea because strains of the sexually transmitted disease are becoming resistant to quinolones all over the world.
They now recommend using a different class of antibiotics called cephalosporin. These guidlines form part of the new protocol which hadn't actually been altered since 2003.
WHO stats show that some 78 million people a year are infected with gonorrhea.
Health officials are concerned because overusing antibiotics for other infections, not just gonorrhea, such as cistitis, will eventually lead to a widespread problem of antibiotic resistant strains of gonorrhea, hence making it untreatable. In Japan in 2011, what became known as a "super-resistant strain" of the disease was identified.
Jonathan Zenilman, studying infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins said:
"Gonorrhea has been plaguing humanity for centuries. But ever since penicillin came along a dose of antibiotics would usually take care of the disease. Gonorrhea used to be susceptible to penicillin, ampicillin, tetracycline and doxycycline — very commonly used drugs,
But one by one, each of those antibiotics — and almost every new one that has come along since — eventually stopped working. One reason is that the bacterium that causes gonorrhea can mutate quickly to defend itself. If this was a person, this person would be incredibly creative. The bug has an incredible ability to adapt and just develop new mechanisms of resisting the impact of these drugs."
The shift to a different type of antibiotics cannot stop the creativity of bacteria and their ability to adapt and become resistant. In some countries certain strains of gonorrhea have already been found to be resistant to the new recommended class of bacteria. 
In 2012, in the US, a warning was issued that one of two types of drugs in the newly recommended antibiotic group, cephalosporins, was threatening to become useless in gonorrhea treatment in the US at least, and it was also recommended that doctors desist from prescribing it. 
Since these warnings some recommended treatments for gonorrhea have been using two antibiotics; ceftriaxone and azithromycin. However, new results from analysis carried out in July show that the bacteria could become to the dual combination.
It is unknown when exactly our options with antibiotics will completely run out. From the WHO department of Reproductive Health and Research, Teodora Wi said:
"We will have to have new drugs in 5 years, I think."
In the US, the government are spending millions of dollars  to develop new antibotic's to combat the disease's resistance.
The World Health Organisation is also revising its guidelines for some other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), chlamydia and syphilis. Currently the two infections do not show high resistance to antibiotics. Syphilis is treated with a single dose of penicillin, however, here the issue is that there is a world-wide shortage of the drug.
All three of the STDs mentioned in this article affect men and women, however they can have devastating consequences for women when left untreated. Gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancies, syphilis can be passed onto an unborn baby from its mother during gestation, and chlamydia can cause problems for getting pregnant in the first place.
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