The worst case of gonorrhea faced doctors in Britain. A male patient who has stuck the sexually transmitted disease does not respond to either of the two first-choice antibiotics. The World Health Organization and the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention have agreed that the case of this man is a world first.
This is the first time a patient has developed resistance to the combination of the two main antibiotics (azithromycin and ceftriaxone) for the treatment of the disease, also known as gonorrhea.
The man, who has a permanent partner, has been stuck after casual sexual intercourse with a woman in Southeast Asia. The patient is currently being treated with another antibiotic (ertapenem) that appears to produce results, according to the first indications. A definitive estimate for the course of his treatment will be next month.
So far, no other similar cases have been reported, but research is still ongoing on whether other people have been stuck. His permanent partner, however, did not stick. For years, doctors have warned that internationally gonorrhea is gradually developing increasing resistance to all available antibiotics. The bacterium of gonorrhea (Neisseria gonorrhea) spreads through sexual intercourse.
Patients often have no symptoms but the disease can lead to serious complications such as infertility and chronic pelvic pains in women.
In men, it can cause painful epididymitis, ie inflammation of the epididymis, the organ that connects the t******e with the seminal duct, which can also result in infertility if treatment is not timely. If the bacteria penetrate the blood or the joints, then it can also threaten the patient’s life.