Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea

“you don’t want to be the person that thinks you can manage the situation, and find you cannot”

You think, “If I get an STD. No big deal. I’ll just go to the doctor and they will provide a prescription for antibiotics and I will be fine in a few weeks.”

However recent studies show that gonorrhea is becoming resistant to antibiotics, potentially leaving women and men thinking they’re in the clear.  It’s like going to the gas station to fuel your car and the gas just evaporates in your tank. It’s like ordering tickets to the concert of the year and ending up at a bingo tournament in the middle of nowhere. 

Listen, STDs are nothing to joke about and you don’t want to be the person that thinks you can manage the situation, and find you cannot. If your body has been exposed to a high dose of antibiotics or if you are antibiotic resistant, you may be at risk for the development and spread of the infection.

From the CDC: Untreated gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health problems in both women and men.  In women, gonorrhea can spread into the uterus or fallopian tubes and cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). The symptoms may be quite mild or can be very severe and can include abdominal pain and fever. PID can lead to internal abscesses and chronic pelvic pain. PID can also damage the fallopian tubes enough to cause infertility or increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy.

In men, gonorrhea may be complicated by epididymitis, which in rare cases leads to infertility.  If left untreated, gonorrhea can also spread to the blood and cause disseminated gonococcal infection (DGI). DGI is usually characterized by arthritis, tenosynovitis, and/or dermatitis. This condition can be life-threatening.

From Web MD: Antibiotics are widely used to fight infections, including sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea for nearly 100 years. Over time, the bacteria have adapted to the antibiotic so they no longer have the ability to treat the STD.  Adding, according to the CDC, 2 million people (or more) in the U.S. pick up these difficult-to-treat infections, and “gonorrhea is among three diseases called urgent threats for their potential to become more widespread.” Other STDs, such as syphilis and chlamydia, have shown early signs of antibiotic resistance.   The CDC estimates there are 820,000 cases of gonorrhea in the United States each year, and 1% (8,200) fail to respond to the currently recommended treatment. However, he says, resistance to older, less expensive antibiotics is much higher.  

How can you ensure that you are not one of the people having sex that acquires an STD and can’t get rid of it? 1 in 5 people have an STD/STI on any given day, and 50% are among the ages of 15-24.  Safe sex doesn’t exist.  Sex with a condom can fail because condoms fail, plus condoms ONLY protect the area that is covered by the condom – not the skin-to-skin contact around the condom. What a terrible way to “care for yourself”. 

If you want to be healthy, and free and clear of sexually transmitted diseases – your life-long monogamous partner needs to be tested for all STDs and STIs and so do you before starting your monogamous life-long relationship. Yes – we reiterated the fact that you need to find a monogamous life-long partner to have a safe sexual relationship that is good for your health – physically, mentally, and even spiritually.

If you are ready to discuss your sexual health, call Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Clinic for your no-cost appointment.