Untreatable Gonorrhea a Global Threat
Sex Bug Becoming Resistant to Last Known Treatment, WHO Warns
Gonorrhea Resistance Action Plan
The WHO today released its "global action plan" for controlling the spread of drug-resistant gonorrhea. The plan, to which the CDC contributed, calls for:
- Correct use of antibiotics, particularly in "key populations, including men who have sex with men and sex workers."
- Preventing gonorrhea infections, diagnosing them quickly, and treating them appropriately.
- Keeping close track of treatment failures.
- Effective drug regulations and prescription policies for antibiotics.
- Strengthening surveillance for drug-resistant gonorrhea.
- Building regional networks of laboratories that can culture gonorrhea and measure drug resistance.
- Research into new ways to detect and monitor drug-resistant gonorrhea.
- Research into new treatments for gonorrhea.
That last part of the plan -- finding new treatments -- is not far along. The U.S. NIH has only one clinical trial under way. And that trial isn't looking at a new drug. It's only trying to find new combinations of existing drugs that might buy more time against the day gonorrhea becomes untreatable.