This is alarming as gonorrhoea may quickly overcome the current antibiotics available if no intervention is made. We have not yet found a completely untreatable infection, but there is the risk that it will arise.
New diagnostic tools can let doctors know if your infection is resistant or susceptible to previously used antibiotics, offering a more targeted use of effective antibiotics and preserving the use of last-line therapeutics.
Gonorrhoea is often treated without the knowledge of its antibiotic resistance status.The current standard treatment for gonorrhoea is an intramuscular injection of the antibiotic ‘ceftriaxone’.
The intramuscular treatment is uncomfortable and painful for patients, requiring a mandatory local anesthetic.
Resistance Guided Therapy can help identify whether bacteria may be resistant or susceptible to certain to antibiotics. Clinicians can use this information to prescribe the best possible treatment to patients.
Using Resistance Guided Therapy clinicians can prescribe an oral tablet of the antibiotic ‘ciprofloxacin’ or the intramuscular injection of ‘ceftriaxone’ depending on the gonorrhoea strain detected. This is outlined in the flowchart below.
“The bacteria that cause gonorrhoea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them.” Dr Teodora Wi, Medical Officer, Human Reproduction, WHO.
Neisseria gonorrhoeae (Gonorrhoea) under a microscope
Disclaimer: See a health professional if you are experiencing any symptoms. Diagnostic test results must be correlated with clinical history, epidemiological data, laboratory data and any other data available to the clinician.