A certain strain of gonorrhea has been identified by scientists in Australia to be able to resist different types of antibiotics.

The strain, which scientists call the A8806, was first discovered in a female from Europe who was visiting Australia in the latter part of 2013. According to reports, she engaged in sexual intercourse with someone while in the country, and she experienced some odd vaginal discharge about one week later. She got tested and learned that she had contracted gonorrhea.

Resistance to three known antibiotics

Health experts studied the strain that infected the woman and they found out that it had resistance to three types of antibiotics usually prescribed to gonorrhea patients. The three antibiotics are the ceftriaxone, ciprofloxacin, and penicillin. The woman had to be treated using a mixture of some other antibiotic and ceftriaxone to successfully be free of the infection for a couple of months later.

Health officials have already warned everyone that it might not be too long from now when ceftriaxone would no longer be a good treatment solution for this sexually-transmitted disease.

Prevention of infection

So, to avoid putting yourself in this very sticky situation, always be use protection when having sex. Use condoms every time you engage in anal, oral or vaginal sex, whether it is a new partner or an old one.

It is also important to undergo gonorrhea testing at the earliest chance to be able to detect the infection as soon as possible and avoid all the dangerous and harmful symptoms and complications it can bring.