New Treatment Guidelines for STIs

With antibiotics losing their punch against several sexually transmitted infections, the WHO released new treatment guidelines.

Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis—common infections caused by bacteria and generally curable by antibiotics—often go untreated, and are becoming harder to treat. Gonorrhea is a particular concern, as strains resistant to all antibiotics have already been detected.

The new guidelines reinforce the need to treat all 3 with the right antibiotic, at the right dose and the right time—and urge national health services to monitor the patterns of antibiotic resistance in these infections.

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