Drug Resistant Gonorrhea: The Facts

Recently there have been numerous reports about a new strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to the traditional antibiotics used to treat the STD. Gonorrhea is a common STD and had previously not be considered overly serious. It is treated typically with a shot and pills. It can cause discharge and burning during urination.

This new “superbug” version of gonorrhea referred to as the H041 strain was first discovered in Japan in 2011. There have not been any cases in the United States. There have, however, been many false news stories on this subject.

According to the CDC, which last updated their information on the topic on May 8, 2013, “Several stories reporting cases of the H041 strain of gonorrhea in the United States are inaccurate.” Many of these stories also compared the superbug to AIDS, which is an inaccurate comparison.

The CDC does state that they are concerned about the threat of drug resistant gonorrhea. They have updated their recommendations for treatment of gonorrhea and say the current recommendations are effective. At the same time, they continue to urge researchers to development new ways to treat this STD.