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'World's worst' super-gonorrhoea man cured

The patient had a lucky escape say doctors, but now two more cases have been discovered.

23 April 2018
BBC Health
The recent trend towards multi-resistant gonorrhoea in coastal China

Alarming data have recent been reported (Yin & Chen) (Y&C) from the China Gonococcal Resistance Surveillance Programme (China-GRSP), covering seven (mostly coastal) provinces in the period 2013-2016. The study is relevant for Chinese national treatment policy, which currently recommends azithromycin monotherapy. However, with an estimated 45% of the world’s 78 million incident cases occurring in [...]Read More...

29 March 2018
BMJ Group blogs
Gonorrhoea strains across Europe becoming more susceptible to main treatment options

According to test results from the annual European Gonococcal Antimicrobial Surveillance Programme (Euro-GASP), resistance levels to the main antimicrobials used for treatment of gonorrhoea infection have seen an encouraging decrease since 2010. However, resistance to one antibiotic agent which is part of the suggested dual therapy of gonorrhoea remains high and threatens the effectiveness of this regimen.

29 August 2017
Sign-on Letter in Response to Critical Shortage of Penicillin for Syphilis Treatment in U.S.

Sign-on letter to Pfizer urging an immediate response to the nationwide shortage of penicillin G benzathine, the standard treatment for primary and secondary syphilis.

10 July 2017
Treatment Action Group
Cuts to sexual health services will lead to STI 'explosion', warn experts

Labour analysis predicts £40m less will be spent on testing and treating infection in 2016 despite rates of gonorrhoea and syphilis soaring.

04 January 2016
The Guardian
Gonorrhoea 'could become untreatable'

Gonorrhoea could become an untreatable disease, England's top doctor warns, amid concerns some pharmacies are not prescribing for it properly. Dame Sally Davies has written to all GPs and pharmacies to ensure they are prescribing the correct drugs after the rise of "super-gonorrhoea" in Leeds.

27 December 2015
BBC Health
Can we ensure adherence to STI treatment guidelines in a world threatened by antimicrobial resistance?

Sexual health care in the UK has traditionally centred on specialist GUM (genito-urinary medicine) services. Since the turn of the twenty-first century primary care has played an increasing role, however. The 2012 Health and Social Care Act is in line with this tendency, with most GP practices now being commissioned to provide level 1 STI screening. Questions have recently been raised about the conformity of care provided by GPs to national guidelines, established for the UK by the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV. In a world where Gonorrhoea – and perhaps one day Chlamydia – is set to become increasingly hard to treat, the problem of ensuring the conformity of generalists to universal standards of treatment is unlikely to go away.

26 August 2015
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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