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WHO Releases New Treatment Recommendations For Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Chlamydia

CIDRAP News: Antibiotic resistance prompts new WHO STD guidance
“Because of rapidly increasing resistance to antibiotics, the World Health Organization (WHO) [on Tuesday] announced revised treatment recommendations for three sexually transmitted diseases (STDs): gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia…” (Schnirring, 8/30).

Science: The world may soon run out of drugs to treat gonorrhea
“[Tuesday], the World Health Organization (WHO) released new guidelines for treating gonorrhea that reflect the sobering reality that this sexually transmitted disease is becoming ever more difficult to treat. WHO recommends no longer using quinolones, a class of antibiotics that has become less and less effective. And for the first time, the agency makes suggestions on what to do when none of the standard drugs work…” (Kupferschmidt, 8/30).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency: Antibiotic resistance forces updates to recommended treatment for sexually transmitted infections
“…In the news release, WHO noted that resistance of these STIs to the effect of antibiotics has increased rapidly in recent years and has reduced treatment options. Of the three STIs, gonorrhea has developed the strongest resistance to antibiotics. Strains of multidrug-resistant gonorrhea that do not respond to any available antibiotics have already been detected. Antibiotic resistance in chlamydia and syphilis, though less common, also exists, making prevention and prompt treatment critical…” (8/30).