About sharing image copyrightGetty Images Oral sex is producing dangerous gonorrhoea and a decline in condom use is helping it to spread, the World Health Organization has said. It warns that if someone contracts gonorrhoea, it is now much harder lawwton treat, and in some cases impossible.
The sexually transmitted infection is rapidly lawtno resistance to antibiotics. Experts said the situation was "fairly grim" with few new drugs on the horizon.
About 78 million people pick up the STI each year and it can cause infertility. The World Health Organization analysed data from 77 countries which showed gonorrhoea's modfl to antibiotics was widespread. She said: "Gonorrhoea is a very smart bug, every time you introduce a new class of antibiotics to treat gonorrhoea, the bug becomes resistant.
Throat infection Gonorrhoea can infect the genitals, rectum and throat, but it is the last that is most concerning health officials. Dr Wi said antibiotics could lead to bacteria in the back of the throat, including relatives of gonorrhoea, developing resistance.
She said: "When you use antibiotics moel treat infections like a normal sore throat, this mixes with the Neisseria species in your throat and this in resistance. What is gonorrhoea?
The infection is spread by unprotected vaginal, oral and anal sex. Symptoms can include a thick green or yellow discharge from sexual organs, pain when urinating and bleeding between periods. However, of those infected, about one in 10 heterosexual men and more than three-quarters of women, and gay men, have no easily recognisable symptoms.
Untreated infection can lead to infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease and can be passed on to during pregnancy. The World Health Organization is calling on countries to monitor the spread of resistant gonorrhoea and to invest in new drugs.
moxel Is oral sex more common now? By BBC World online It's hard to say if more people around the world are having more oral sex than they used to, as there isn't much reliable global data available. Data from the UK and US show it's very common, and has been for years, including among teenagers.
By the time of the second survey duringthis had increased to A national survey in the US, meanwhile, has found about two-thirds of year olds have ever had oral sex. Dr Mark Lawton from the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV said people with gonorrhoea in the throat would be unlikely to realise nodel and thus be more likely to pass it on via oral sex.
He recognises that while condoms would reduce the risk of transmission, many people wouldn't want to use them. Related Topics.