“Super Gonorrhea” is now present in Quebec!

(According to The sensation of the adjective « super » can be confusing and convey the idea that this strain of gonorrhea is more contagious or dangerous to health. Nevertheless, it is not the case. This strain is so named because of its capacity very resistant to the usual treatments. The currently recommended treatment for gonorrhea consists of two anti-biotics taken together: one is as an injection, the second is as a tablet. The term « super-gonorrhea » describes the strain of bacteria that has developed resistance to one of these two antibiotics, azithromycin. If the bacteria also develop resistance to the second antibiotic; ceftriaxone, it may not be possible to treat the symptoms.

This is not the first time that scientists have come across bacteria resistant to certain classes of antibiotics. Moreover, strains of the bacterium Neisseria Gonorrhoeae had already developed an antibiotic resistance in the early 1970s. In fact, the more the number of antibiotics used, the more the bacterium in question develops capacities to fight these active agents, s ‘adapt and survive. As a result, conventional treatment for gonorrhea has had to be adjusted over the years.

New antibiotics have been developed as an alternative treatment to fight resistant infections, but production is not keeping up with demand. This is why antibiotic resistance is a global problem. The resistance of gonorrhea strains is a warning to other antibiotic resistance that may develop over the next few years.

Health authorities have already taken the initiative to tackle a risk of the spread of super-gonorrhea. However, the first step to avoid the development of this resistant strain is prevention, both for patients and doctors. With gonorrhea, it is crucial to limit the spread of infection. It starts with safe sex. If you have had gonorrhea, consider telling your current partner and any partners you have had in the past six months as they may also be affected and this will allow them to get treatment quickly. Your doctor will order another test two to four weeks after taking your treatment to make sure the infection is gone. This test is very important to make sure there is no risk of complications. If, despite the antibiotic treatment, the infection is still present, see your doctor so that he can treat you properly.

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria. Gonorrhea can infect the urethra (the tube through which urine and semen leave the body), cervix, rectum, throat, mouth and eyes. The presence of gonorrhea can increase the risk of sexual transmission of HIV.