November 25, 2012

THE 21ST CENTURY ISN’T TURNING OUT AS I’D HOPED (CONT’D): Super Gonorrhea Bugs Spur New Treatment Regimen in Europe. “Zithromax or a generic version of the antibiotic pill should be added to the standard treatment for gonorrhea to fight multidrug-resistant strains of the sexually transmitted bacterium, doctors in Europe said. New European guidelines for sexually transmitted infections recommend giving azithromycin as well as the injected medicine ceftriaxone, which is beginning to lose its potency against gonorrhea. The guidelines also recommend patients be tested after finishing a course of treatment to check they are cured.”

Plus this: “Gonorrhea now poses a potential public health disaster, with a very real threat that it may soon be untreatable in certain circumstances.”