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HPA warns of rise in gonorrhea antibiotic resistance

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Levels of antibiotic resistance in gonorrhoea, the second most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection, are still on the increase, new figures from the Health Protection Agency have shown.

Levels of antibiotic resistance in gonorrhoea, the second most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection, are still on the increase, new figures from the Health Protection Agency have shown.

The figures from the HPA's gonorrhoea surveillance programme show that levels of resistance to ciproflaxin increased from 14% in 2004 to 21.7% in 2005 and resistance to penicillin increased to 17.9% last year from 11.4% in 2004.

While resistance levels remained relatively stable in women and heterosexual men over the year, there was a significant increase in prevalence in homosexual men from 26.2% in 2004 to 42.4% in 2005.

Health Protection Agency

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