Gonorrhoea a growing problem now

Asmin was shattered. Her doctor said that her fallopian tubes were blocked and conceiving would be difficult. He further mentioned that the most probable culprit was gonorrhoea.
Gonorrhoea a growing problem now Gonorrhoea a growing problem now“But I took some medicines when I had the vaginal discharge,” said Asmin. Unfortu-nately Asmin was infected with a drug resistant gonococcus, now nicknamed as “super bug.”

Gonorrhoea is a disease produced by a bacterium called neisseria gonorrhoea. It is spread by genital intercourse. Rarely, kissing and use of soiled towels can also be the cause. Only about 20 per cent of infected women show symptoms and signs of the disease. A long standing infection can invade the blood stream and affect the organs.
Globally, the WHO estimates that there are at least 340 million new cases of curable sexually transmitted infections — including syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis — every year among people aged between 15 and 49.

Infected patients have a watery greenish yellow discharge from the genitals. Left untreated or inadequately treated, it can lead to serious complications. In men, the testes may be damaged making them infertile. In women it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, blocked fallopian tubes and infertility. At birth, babies can get infected in the eyes during their passage through the vagina, resulting in blindness.
Earlier the infection could be easily cured by a single antibiotic. However, according to Catherine Ison, a gonorrhea specialist from Britain’s Health Protection Agency strains of the neisseria gonorrhea bacteria are starting to become resistant and could soon become impervious to all current antibiotic treatment options. Instances of gonorrhea being resistant to multiple drugs have started to appear in Japan, where health authorities had decided to up the dose to treat the disease.

* Avoid casual sex.
* If you have to, then stick to a steady partner.
*Use a condom.
*Look for discharge or sores on your partner’s genitals.
*Wash genitals before and after sex.
*Urinate immediately after sex.
*Seek medical help at the first sign of trouble.

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