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Trends in gonorrhoea diagnosis and antibiotic resistance.

Sexually transmitted infections (STI) cause significant harm and impose a substantial financial burden on healthcare systems. In New Zealand, 20 per cent of women and 12 per cent of men are infected with an STI during their lifetime. The rates of gonorrhoea have been increasing significantly in New Zealand in recent years, and worryingly so has the occurrence of antibiotic resistant infection. The last line of defence is the cephalosporin class of antibiotics. After this antibiotic fails, there are no more treatment options.

 

Dr Denison’s study will use anonymous routinely collected data from the Christchurch Sexual Health Clinic and Canterbury Health Laboratory between 2012 to 2018, to identify patterns and trends in the incidence of diagnosed gonorrhoea infection and antibiotic resistance.

January 2019

FUNDING

  • Massey University

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Keywords

Sexual Health,