The World ’s First Case of Drug-Resistant ‘Super Gonorrhea’ Has Been Confirmed

This report is one more confirmation of our greatest fear: drug-resistant gonorrhea spreading around the globe,” David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors, told CNN. The patient, who first sought medical care in early 2018, is being treated with an intravenous course of ertapenem, a powerful antibiotic typically used, at least in the U.S., for “serious infections in hospitalized patients,” according to the National Institutes of Health. The results of his next test are expected in mid-April. Gonorrhea is one of the world’s most common STIs, affecting 78 million people globally each year, according to the WHO. The disease — complications from which can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, infertility and an increased risk of HIV infections — is also common in the U.S. A September report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 470,000 Americans were diagnosed with gonorrhea in 2016 alone — making the prospect of untreatable strains all the more concerning.
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In this study, we carried out a screen to identify C. trachomatis genes important for recovery from IFNγ- and/or penicillin-induced stress. We found that ptr, encoding a poorly characterized secreted protease, is required for rapid recovery from IFNγ- but not penicillin-induced stress. Materials and Methods Cell Culture, Infection and C. trachomatis Strains HeLa (CCL-2, ATCC) and Vero cells (CCL-81, ATCC) were cultured in high glucose Dulbecco’s modified Eagle’s medium (Gibco) supplemented with 10% FBS (Natocor) without antibiotics in 5% CO2 at 37°C in a humidified atmosphere. Cells were rout...
Source: Frontiers in Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
(MedPage Today) -- Research on gonorrhea finds similar risks for ectopic pregnancy, tubal infertility as chlamydia
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UCLA Health Rates of sexually transmitted diseases have risen for the past four years to record highs in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ’slatest analysis. In California, the state health departmentfound that the number of people diagnosed with syphilis, gonorrhea or chlamydia in 2017 was 45 percent higher than five years prior.These sorts of statistics may spark a fear that there ’s little we can do to protect ourselves — but that’s not the full story.Dr. Leena Nathan, an obstetrician/gynecologist at UCLA Health-Westlake Village, consults with peo...
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Abstract Fertility awareness, or general knowledge about one's fertility, is low in adolescents and in adult women as well. Misconceptions about reproduction contribute to high rates of unplanned pregnancy in the United States, as well as delayed childbearing and infertility. Alhough primary care providers caring for adolescents have historically focused on contraception and reduction of sexually transmitted infections during their sexual and reproductive health conversations with adolescents and young adult women, fertility awareness counseling would help these women optimize their future fertility and make infor...
Source: Pediatric Annals - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Pediatr Ann Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: In men, regimens with azithromycin are probably less effective than doxycycline for microbiological failure, however, there might be little or no difference for clinical failure. For women, we are uncertain whether azithromycin compared to doxycycline increases the risk of microbiological failure. Azithromycin probably slightly reduces adverse events compared to doxycycline in men and women together but may have little difference in men alone. We are uncertain whether doxycycline compared to ofloxacin reduces microbiological failure in men or women alone, or men and women together, nor if it reduces clinical f...
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
Reproductive health for teens has primarily focused on preventing or delaying pregnancies (and sexually transmitted infections [STIs]) rather than treating infertility. There continues to be millions of teen pregnancies per year (Martin,  Hamilton, Osterman, Curtin,&Mathews, 2015), many intended by females and/or their partners, especially in developing countries where adolescent parenting is commonplace to the cultural norms (Haimov-Kochman,  Imbar, Farchat, Bdolah,&Hurwitz, 2008). In the United States, there is evidence in media reports (e.g., the Massachusetts pregnancy pact [Kingsbury,  2008] and...
Source: Journal of Pediatric Health Care - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Case Report Source Type: research
myLAB Box, a healthcare company based in California, has developed and pioneered an at-home sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing service. With the number of STDs rising, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 20 mi...
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​BY GREGORY TAYLOR, DO, &FRANK SCHELL, DOA 30-year-old woman presented to the ED complaining of pelvic pain. She said she felt an acute onset of sharp lower right pelvic pain during intercourse two days earlier. The pain continued to worsen, becoming diffuse. She was also experiencing nausea, vomiting, malaise, anorexia, and vaginal spotting. She had no history or concern for sexually transmitted disease, and had no fever or vaginal discharge. She had had a previous Cesarean section and bilateral tubal ligation.Her vital signs were a heart rate of 110 bpm, a respiratory rate of 25 bpm, a blood pressure of 113/88 mm H...
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Capsid protein Vp1 from chlamydiaphage φCPG1 effectively alleviates cytotoxicity induced by Chlamydia trachomatis. Exp Ther Med. 2018 Oct;16(4):3286-3292 Authors: Ren J, Guo Y, Shao L, Liu Y, Liu Q Abstract Chlamydia trachomatis is the leading cause of sexually transmitted bacterial infections. C. trachomatis genital infection may lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and tubal infertility, which are major public health problems. However, the pathogenic mechanisms of this bacterium remain unclear, and the efficacy of clinical therapeutics is unsatisfactory. In the current study, wh...
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Sexually transmitted disease (STD) rates in the U.S. are at a record high for the fourth year in a row, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All told, nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017. That’s 200,000 more cases than were diagnosed in 2016, a year that also had a record-high number of cases, according to the CDC. “We are now very concerned about this steep and sustained increase that we’re seeing,” says Dr. Gail Bolan, the director of the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention. “We’...
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