Sexually transmitted diseases [STDs] brought under control last century could be coming back as new strains find ways to cheat antibiotic treatments, a report warns.
Research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today charts the changing face of drug-resistant disease during the past two decades, and found resistance to a raft of infections has become “endemic”.
In Australia and Sweden, strains of gonorrhoea have become untreatable – a problem labelled an “urgent threat” by the United States Centres for Disease Control.
No-one has a true picture of infection rates in New Zealand because sexually transmitted infections, except Aids, are non-notifiable and monitoring is done voluntarily, mainly when people go to the doctor with symptoms.
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The Dominion Post News. Friday September 26. 2014, P. A4.