The STD was first noticed to have struck the island in 2016, and Hawaii’s STD program coordinator Jefferson Remo said the disease is getting even harder to treat and cure.
He said many Southeast Asia residents come to Hawaii to be treated or use the wrong antibiotics to treat the STD. If the antibiotics are not taken fully, or the wrong ones are used, the bacteria can become resistant.
The Centers for Disease Control said 30 percent of gonorrhea cases are noted to be resistant to one drug.
Remo said this causes a bigger issue of the medicines that can actually be used to treat the disease.
People who are sexually active are urged to get tested every three to six months. The state does have a few free clinics that people can use for testing.
Written by Mark Riegel, MD
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