SCIENTISTS have zapped the clap with a new drugs cocktail.
A mix of antibiotics has been developed to blast drug-resistant gonorrhoea strains.
The National Institute for Health Research, which funded the study, said the global rise of drug-resistant gonorrhoea superbugs was ‘very worrying’
It cured 91 per cent of sufferers in a study of 720 patients at 14 sex clinics.
However, Professor Jonathan Ross, chief investigator in the study by University Hospitals Birmingham, said: “Further research is required to identify and test new alternatives.”
The National Institute for Health Research, which funded the study, said the global rise of drug-resistant gonorrhoea superbugs was “very worrying”.
In women, the symptoms include an unusual vaginal discharge, a burning sensation when passing urine, pain or tenderness in the lower abdomen and bleeding between periods or after sex.
How to tell if you have gonorrhoea…GONORRHOEA is a sexually transmitted infection that in many cases shows very few signs.
Symptoms usually develop within two weeks of a person becoming infected, but around one in 10 men and half of women who are infected will not experience any obvious signs of the infection.
As a result, it is common for gonorrhoea to go untreated for some time.
In women, the symptoms include:
an unusual vaginal discharge, which may be thin or watery and green or yellow in colour
pain or a burning sensation when passing urine
pain or tenderness in the lower abdomen
bleeding between periods, heavier periods and bleeding after sex
In men, the signs include:
an unusual discharge from the tip of the penis, which may be white, yellow or green
pain or a burning sensation when peeing
inflammation of the foreskin
pain or tenderness in the testicles
In men, the signs also include a similarly unusual discharge from the penis or a burning sensation when peeing. Experts say practising safe sex is the most reliable way to avoid them.
Officials said other STIs, including chlamydia, syphilis and HIV, were developing resistance but not as quickly as regular gonorrhoea, Britain’s second most common STI.
Getty – Contributor An unnamed man, who had a regular partner in the UK, caught the bug from a woman in south-east Asia last year
Super gonorrhoea spreading across the UK