With gonorrhea cases in the U.S. spiking over the last 2-3 years (a 400% increase nationwide!!!), the CDC is understandably very concerned for what it considers to be, “The confluence of emerging drug resistance and very limited alternative options for treatment creates a perfect storm for future gonorrhea treatment failure in the U.S.”, says Jonathan Mermin, M.D., director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention.
“It is unclear how long the combination therapy of azithromycin and ceftriaxone will be effective if the increases in resistance persist,” said Gail Bolan, M.D, director of CDC’s Division of STD Prevention. “We need to push forward on multiple fronts to ensure we can continue offering successful treatment to those who need it.”
Check out the full release of the CDC findings here: http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/2016/gonorrhea-treatment-press-release.html
Stay safe and healthy guys!