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‘Super-gonorrhea’ is new health concern for British gay men

‘Super-gonorrhea’ is new health concern for British gay men

The strain of gonorrhea resistant to some antibiotics has been detected in gay men.

The outbreak of a strain of gonorrhea resistant to azithromycin was discovered among straight couples in 2015, in Leeds, and now has been confirmed in gay couples.

‘We’ve been worried it would spread to men who have sex with men,’ sexual health consultant Peter Greenhouse told BBC News.

‘The problem is [they] tend to spread infections a lot faster simply as they change partners more quickly.’

Thirty-four cases have been detected in lab tests, though it’s feared there are many more. These have been confirmed in the West Midlands, London and southern England.

Doctors are urging couples to have protected sex in order to contain the infection. So far, they say attempts to curb infections were ineffective.

This particular bacteria strain is resistant to azithromycin, which is used together with ceftriaxone to treat gonorrhea.

It’s feared a bacteria strain resistant to one will soon develop resistance to the both.

The strain is highly infectious. Of 22 people infected who contacted previous partners, 94% had caught it.

Gonorrhea can be symptomless, especially in women and gay men.

However symptoms can include pain while urinating, vaginal bleeding when not on a period, and green or yellow genital discharge.

It is spread through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex.