Infographic: Gonorrhea – a timeline of resistance and it’s mechanisms


In the absence of a vaccine for gonorrhea, the control of this disease relies entirely on prevention efforts, sexual contact notification, surveillance, diagnosis and the availability of effective antimicrobial treatment. However, since the introduction of sulphonamides for the treatment of gonorrhea in the 1930s Neisseria gonorrhoeae has repeatedly shown a capacity to develop resistance to all antimicrobials introduced for treatment during the past 70–80 years. This culminated in a handful of extremely drug-resistant cases identified across the globe in 2018, a worrying sign that hit the headlines.

In this infographic we give you a visual snapshot of the antibiotics introduced for gonorrhea and a timeline of when resistance was first identified, in addition to setting out some of the primary resistance mechanisms. Take a look below.

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