One step closer to gon­or­rhoea shot?

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

A dis­con­tin­ued vac­cine against a bac­te­ria that causes brain in­flam­ma­tion also shielded peo­ple against gon­or­rhoea, the first drug ever to of­fer such pro­tec­tion against the sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­ease, re­searchers said yes­ter­day. Us­ing a con­dom or ab­stain­ing from sex are cur­rently the only ways to avoid con­tract­ing gon­or­rhoea, which in­fects about 80 mil­lion peo­ple ev­ery year, ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO).

As drug re­sis­tance spreads, doc­tors are di­ag­nos­ing more and more cases that can­not be treated by an­tibi­otics, mak­ing it a ma­jor pub­lic health concern. Just last week, the WHO said there was an ur­gent need for new drugs to pre­vent and treat gon­or­rhoea, of­ten called “the clap”, which is spread by vagi­nal, oral and anal sex. Un­treated, it can cause painful pelvic in­flam­ma­tion in women, and in­fer­til­ity in both gen­ders. In ex­treme cases, the bac­te­ria can spread in the blood to cause life-threat­en­ing in­fec­tions in other parts of the body. —AFP

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