There has been renewed interest this week in drug-resistant gonorrhoea.  Jeremy Vine has been discussing the emergence of the super bug (click here for the podcast) which we have been discussing for years.  There are marked differences across the UK where people are diagnosed with gonorrhoea.  The average number of diagnosed cases of gonorrhoea across England is 70.7 per 100,000 people.  In London, this increases to three times the national average.

Other cities with gonorhoea rates above the national average include:

  • Birmingham
  • Blackpool
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Bristol
  • Coventry
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • Nottingham
  • Reading
  • Salford
  • Sandwell
  • Sunderland

The full statistics can be found here.

Gonorrhoea can cause infertility in women and reduced fertility in men.  It has also been linked to Prostate cancer.  Gonorrhoea should be treated as early as possible.  It is really important if you have gonorrhoea to have a test of cure.  This is because there are many different strains of gonorrhoea.  A combination (two antibiotics at the same time) of drugs is effective in the majority of cases.  However there are more options available if this does not work.  So please do not think that your gonorrhoea is resistant to all antibiotics if the first treatment does not work.  It is really important to get treated for your and your future partners health.

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