ATLANTA (AP) -- U-S health officials are recommending wider use of a new drug to treat gonorrhea because the disease is steadily becoming resistant to the longtime standard antibiotic.
A class of antibiotics has been used to treat the sexually transmitted disease since the early 1990s. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that a different class of antibiotics be used instead.
The recommendation comes after the C-D-C discovered last year that nearly seven percent of gonorrhea cases among heterosexual men in a survey of 26 U-S cities last year were drug-resistant strains of the disease.
In 2001, less than one percent of gonorrhea cases among heterosexual men were drug-resistant.