Antibiotic-Resistant "Super" Gonorrhea On The Rise Among Gay Men
Last year we told you about a dangerous strain of "super gonorrhea" that is resistant to antibiotics, and the strain has now been detected in gay men for the first time.
So far there have been 34 detected cases in the West Midlands, London and Southern England, but doctors fear there are even more cases currently hidden, as the disease can often be symptomless.
Sexual health consultant Peter Greenhouse spoke with BBC News about the fact that the outbreak is now affecting gay men, although his reason for believing it would happen is slightly problematic in itself.
"The problem is [they] tend to spread infections a lot faster, simply as they change partners more quickly," Greenhouse said about "men who sleep with men."
This highly infectious strain is resistant to azithromycin, a drug that is combined with ceftriaxone to treat the disease.
Doctors are now fearing that the super gonorrhea that is resistant to one will eventually develop a resistance to both drugs.
The STD is spread through unprotected anal, vaginal or oral sex, and symptoms can include pain while urinating and green or yellow genital discharge.