Yourwellness Magazine Explores Gonorrhoea Awareness Campaign

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With a Boston physician being awarded a $2.35 million grant for the development of a vaccine against gonorrhoea, Yourwellness Magazine explored a campaign that focuses on how antibiotics are failing to treat the disease.

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Lee Wetzler, a physician at Boston Medical Center’s Department of Infectious Diseases and a professor at Boston University School of Medicine, was awarded a four year $2.35 million grant for the development of a vaccine against gonorrhoea, it was announced on the 30th of July. The gonococcal bacterium has steadily developed a resistance to antibiotics, making the need for an effective vaccine urgent. Wetzler commented, “This disease has potentially devastating outcomes specifically in women, causing pelvic inflammatory disease, tubal fibrosis and ectopic pregnancies. Additionally, concurrent gonorrhoea infection in HIV patients facilitates the transmission of HIV by increasing viral replication.” (

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine explored the failings of antibiotics in treating gonorrhoea, and a new campaign which is attempting to deal with the problem. According to Yourwellness Magazine, “Antibiotics have been leading the fight against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) since the 1940s. But now the infections are fighting back…Health chiefs have now launched a new campaign known as the Gonorrhoea Resistance Action Plan to deal with the problem, which is fast becoming a major issue worldwide. The Action Plan has been developed by the Gonococcal Resistant to Antimicrobials Surveillance Programme (GRASP) to examine how gonorrhoea has become increasingly resistant to the antibiotics currently used to treat the disease.” (

Yourwellness Magazine explained that the Action Plan has been created to raise awareness of the threat of gonorrhoea and to inform those who take part in risky sexual activity that antibiotics can no longer treat the disease simply and effectively. Yourwellness Magazine noted that Action Plan will be used to inform and guide clinicians in dealing with the rising threat of antibiotic resistance, using collected data on gonorrhoea diagnoses and treatment failures. The plan will also do more to promote safe sex and condom use.

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