Man catches new ‘super gonorrhea’ after having sex while traveling

Man catches new ‘super gonorrhea’ after having sex while traveling

Man catches new ‘super gonorrhea’ after having sex while traveling

  • An Austrian man caught a new strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to common treatments.
  • According to scientists, he had unprotected sex with a prostitute in Cambodia.
  • If such strains continue to spread, many cases of gonorrhea could become untreatable, they said.

An Austrian man who had sex abroad caught a new strain of so-called “super gonorrhea” that is resistant to most


antibiotics

often used to treat the infection, scientists have said.

This is the second time a “super gonorrhea” strain has been detected, after another was found in multiple countries in 2018. The term “supergonorrhea” refers to an insect that, according to the World Health Organization, has a high degree of resistance to currently recommended treatments.

If multidrug-resistant gonorrhea strains continue to spread, many cases of the STD could become untreatable, according to the authors of a case report published Thursday in the medical journal Eurosurveillance, published by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

Most cases of gonorrhea do not cause any symptoms, but can still cause serious complications, such as infertility, if the infection is not treated. Symptoms include discharge and pain when a person urinates, and sore testicles or irregular vaginal bleeding.

The man experienced pain days after unprotected sex

The unidentified man in his 50s had condomless sex with a female sex worker in Cambodia in April 2022, the case report said. Five days later, he started to experience pain while urinating and discharge from his penis.

A smear revealed that the strain he caught was highly resistant to azithromycin, which is usually one of the first antibiotics used to treat gonorrhea, and resistant to other antibiotics, including: ceftriaxone, cefixime, cefotaxime, ciprofloxacin, and tetracycline.

The treatment of gonorrhea varies from country to country, but usually starts with a combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone. In the US, the CDC initially recommends ceftriaxone as a single antibiotic for most cases of gonorrhea.

The man was initially treated with azithromycin and ceftriaxone. Two weeks later, his symptoms disappeared, but a penile swab still showed that he had gonorrhea. Tests showed that his “super” bug was still amenable to treatment with an antibiotic containing penicillin called co-amoxiclav. The drug appeared to treat the gonorrhea, the scientists said.

The authors of the case report said that “promisingly,” the man’s Pap smears suggested that two experimental drugs, called lefamulin and zoliflodacin, might also work against it. These two drugs are being tested in a late-stage clinical trial, they said.

Using condoms is one of the most important ways to prevent gonorrhea

Gonorrhea, caused by a bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae is one of the most commonly reported sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S., with more than 1.5 million Americans getting it each year, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC says on its website that the only ways to reduce your risk of contracting gonorrhea are using condoms during sex and having monogamous sex with an uninfected person.