In this Medical News Minute produced exclusively for www.Consultantlive.com Dr Bobby Lazzara highlights the first update to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines since 2003 on treatment of three sexually transmitted infections: gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia. Gonorrhea in particular poses a significant threat globally as it has become highly resistant to antibiotic treatment with only ceftriaxone and azithromycin, given in combination, still effective in most areas.
Among WHO’s recommendations – discontinue use of quinolones for gonorrhea. They no longer work; avoid tetracycline and the macrolide antibiotics for chlamydia infection, for the same reason. Dr Lazzara toplines several other portions of the revised guideline in the video above.
Source: Growing antibiotic resistance forces updates to recommended treatment for sexually transmitted infections [news release]. Geneva: World Health Organization, 30 August 2016.