"[The gonorrhoea bacterium] is very successful at developing resistance to every treatment used in the past few decades," Cathy Ison, gonorrhea expert at the HPA, said. "We are worried that in the next five years, or some point in the future, that this is going to be a very difficult infection to treat." She noted that all strains of gonorrhea are currently treatable, but that there is no new and more powerful drug available when that changes. There has been a drop in new cases of sexually transmitted diseases in recent years, but now they're going up again with 427,000 new reported cases of gonorrhea alone, the HPA said. Apparently, this has something to do with sexually risky behavior being increasingly socially acceptable.
The HPA is worried about at-risk groups and looking into a strategy to stop STD cases from rising even more. In the meantime, the British government's statements about STD prevention basically boil down to good old sex ed. The Department of Health, which is the British health ministry, released a statement saying: "Sexually transmitted infections can lead to infertility and other serious health problems. The message is clear. Whatever your age, you should always use a condom." If you're pregnant, don't think twice about getting tested for gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted diseases, because they can do a lot of harm. A recent study shows pregnant women are not getting STD tests. Don't be one of them!