Oral sex is producing dangerous gonorrhoea and a decline in condom use is helping it to spread, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.
It warns that if someone contracts gonorrhoea, it is now much harder to treat, and in some cases impossible. The sexually transmitted infection (STI) is rapidly developing 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, which can cause infertility, each year. This includes about 11.4 million people in Africa.
WHO analysed data from 77 countries which showed gonorrhoea’s resistance to antibiotics was widespread.