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This message is sent on behalf of Jacqueline Awe, Director of Student Development 
Welcome new and returning Tigers! 
Take note that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has reported a strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to the disease’s only remaining treatment- cephalosporin antibiotics. It has officials at the World Health Organization warning doctors around the world to step up their efforts to stop the disease.
The U.N. health agency said Wednesday it is urging governments and doctors to increase their surveillance efforts for the antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection that can cause inflammation, infertility, pregnancy complications and, in extreme cases, lead to maternal death. Babies born to mothers with gonorrhea have a 50 percent chance of developing eye infections that may cause blindness.
“This organism has basically been developing resistance against every medication we’ve thrown at it,” said Dr. Manjula Lusti-Narasimhan, a scientist in the WHO’s department of sexually transmitted diseases. This includes a group of antibiotics called cephalosporins that are currently considered the last line of treatment.

CDC Issues New Recs to Stave Off Untreatable Gonorrhea
When it comes to treating gonorrhea, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are now down to “last resort” efforts to prevent the bacteria responsible for the sexually transmitted illness (STI) from becoming completely resistant to all available antibiotics. According to new guidelines released by the agency on Thursday, August 9, health care providers are being urged to start using the powerful injected antibiotic Rocephin (ceftriaxone) in combination with an oral drug to effectively treat the disease in the U.S.
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Gonorrhea may not cause symptoms until the infection has spread to other areas of the body.
Symptoms in women
In women, the early symptoms are sometimes so mild that they are mistaken for a bladder infection or vaginal infection. Symptoms may include:
  • Painful or frequent urination.
  • Anal itching, discomfort, bleeding, or discharge.
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge.
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding during or after sex or between periods.
  • Genital itching.
  • Irregular menstrual bleeding.
  • Lower abdominal (belly) pain.
  • Fever and general tiredness.
  • Swollen and painful glands at the opening of the vagina).
  • Painful sexual intercourse.
  • Sore throat (rare).
  • Pink eye (rare).
Symptoms in men
In men, symptoms are usually obvious enough that they will cause a man to seek medical treatment before complications occur. But some men have mild or no symptoms and can unknowingly transmit gonorrhea infections to their sex partners. Symptoms may include:
  • Abnormal discharge from the penis (clear or milky at first, and then yellow, creamy, and excessive, sometimes blood-tinged).
  • Painful or frequent urination or urethritis
  • Anal itching, discomfort, bleeding, or discharge.
  • Sore throat (rare).
  • Pinkeye (rare).
Disseminated gonococci infection (DGI) occurs when the gonorrhea infection spreads to sites other than the genitals, such as the joints, skin, heart, or blood. Symptoms of DGI include:
·         Rash
·         Joint pain or arthritis.
·         Inflamed tendons.
Risk Reduction
Recommendations to reduce your risk of getting any STI:
  1. Abstinence is still the number one method that has been used to prevent the transmission of any type of sexually transmitted infection (STI)
  2. Talk with your partner about STIs before beginning a sexual relationship. Find out whether he or she is at risk for an STI. Remember that it is quite possible to be infected with an STI without knowing it. Some STIs, such as HIV, can take up to 6 months before they can be detected in the blood.
  3. Be responsible.
    1. Avoid sexual contact if you have symptoms of an STI or are being treated for an STI.
    2. Avoid sexual contact with anyone who has symptoms of an STI or who may have been exposed to an STI.
  4. Don’t have more than one sexual relationship at a time. Your risk for an STI increases if you have several sex partners at the same time.
  5. If you or your partner have had several sex partners within the past year, or you are a man who has unprotected sex with men, talk to your doctor about screening for gonorrhea and other STIs even if you don’t have symptoms.
  6. Condom use reduces the risk of becoming infected with an STI, especially gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV. Condoms must be in place before beginning any sexual contact. Use condoms with a new partner every time you have sex, until you know from test results that he or she does not have an STI. You can use either male or female condoms.
  7. Even if you are using another birth control method to prevent pregnancy, you can use condoms to reduce your risk of getting an STI. Female condoms are available for women whose male partners do not have or will not use a male condom.
Preventing a STI is easier than treating an infection after it occurs
The Harris-McDew Student Health Center is located on Jasmine Avenue adjacent to Payne Hall.
Harris-McDew Student Health Center
3219 College Street
Box 20448
Savannah, Georgia 31404
Phone: 912-358-4122
Fax: 912-358-3667
Jacqueline Awe, LMSW
Department of Student Development
Division of Student Affairs
Savannah State University
3219 College Street
Box 20524
Savannah, GA 31404
(912) 358.3114  Phone
(912) 351-6868 Fax


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