New Drug For Gonorrhea

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.

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