Gonorrhoea: Drug Resistance in Australia

Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), 26 June 2018

There has long been concern globally about the potential emergence of drug resistant STIs. In response, the World Health Organisation released new treatment guidelines for three common STIs – chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis – in 2016.

At present, strains resistant to first line treatment of syphilis and chlamydia are not common and not a concern in Australia. There is, however, a growing level of concern about gonorrhoea. This paper therefore focuses on the likelihood and implications of the emergence of drug resistant cases of gonorrhoea in Australia. It also highlights treatment options in Australia and current and emerging strategies for preventing drug resistant gonorrhoea.

Download paper: AFAO Brief – Gonorrhoea – Drug Resistance in Australia – 26 June 2018

Treatment guidelines after an outbreak of azithromycin-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae in SA

The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 17 (2), February 2017

Abstract:

Antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae is recognised globally as a public health threat. Dual therapy with ceftriaxone and azithromycin has been introduced in Australia and elsewhere as the first-line treatment recommendation for gonorrhoea. While there have been only sporadic reports of ceftriaxone-resistant gonococci, globally there have been increasing reports of N gonorrhoeae resistance to azithromycin.1 The Australian Gonococcal Surveillance Programme2 is one of the most comprehensive N gonorrhoeae antimicrobial resistance surveillance programmes worldwide.

Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea is On the Rise: Should Gay and Bi Men Be Concerned?

Slate, Sept. 2 2016 1:07 PM

For many gay and bi men, it’s a perennial point of contention: Are “minor” sexually transmitted infections—like chlamydia or gonorrhea—a cause for serious concern or major behavior modification?

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, featured in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found a significant rise in resistance to one of the drugs used to treat gonorrhea: azithromycin.