Concern over online gonorrhoea treatment

Published: February 28, 2015

Faye Kirkland
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Sexual health experts recommend patients receive a powerful antibiotic, which can only be injected, but the BBC found seven UK-based websites offering only oral antibiotics.

Such treatment can lead to antibiotics becoming less effective, experts warn.

The websites, which include Superdrug, say they are providing a vital service.

Gonorrhoea is the second most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK.

Nearly 30,000 people were diagnosed in England in 2013. It can lead to serious health problems if not treated properly.

‘Deeply concerned’
In 2011, the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) – which sets national guidelines for doctors treating gonorrhoea – said the use of antibiotic tablets alone was not the best treatment.

They recommend patients should receive a more powerful antibiotic which can only be injected alongside another antibiotic given as a pill.

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