A news release from the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that gonorrhea bacteria are evolving in a way that makes the infection much harder to treat. Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is generally curable with antibiotics. However, new data from various countries around the globe suggest that existing antibiotics are no longer sufficient in some cases as bacteria evolve to resist the known treatments.
While researchers are hard at work developing new drugs, prevention will be an essential component of public health strategy aimed at gonnorrhea in the meantime. As with any STI, education and communication around safer sex practices as well as the ability to recognize symtpoms and seek care can reduce the likelihood of spreading among sexual partners.
Among the innovative strategies adopted by local and regional health departments to address the spread of STIs is expedited partner therapy (EPT). Contact Alosa Health or check out our modules pages to learn more.