The United Kingdom Health Protection Agency (HPA) has warned medical professionals that the antibiotics currently used to fight gonorrhea may lose their effectiveness due to the great resistance has developed the pathology against these medications. According to the HPA, this sexually transmitted disease can become incurable if new treatments are not discovered.

The Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which is the bacteria responsible for the infection, has an unusual ability to adapt and develop resistance to numerous antibiotics that have been used to combat it; thus, first went to penicillin, then to tetracyclines and antimicrobials, and now the same has happened with cefixime.

Samples of patients who have been analyzed after laboratory culture have shown a decrease in the susceptibility of the bacteria to cefixime in about 20% of cases, so the HPA has recommended that physicians not administer the usual treatment, but replace it with two stronger antibiotics.

Professor Cathy Ison, expert in gonorrhea of ​​the HPA, has affirmed that the alarming decrease of the susceptibility of the bacteria to cefixime, which was the treatment of choice until now, is a dangerous warning that, in the future, the Gonorrhea could become an incurable disease if we do not have an alternative drug to treat it.


The Growing Threat of Multidrug-Resistant Gonorrhea (November 2019).