Not everyone loves condoms. But here's another reason to make like the Rio Olympics and stock up. Certain sexually transmitted diseases are developing a resistance to antibiotics, making them harder to treat, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Earlier this summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that gonorrhea was becoming resistant to antibiotics. And now the WHO added chlamydia and syphilis (which apparently still exists) to the list. This means all three could be more difficult to treat, and if not treated, they could lead to health problems. Especially for women.
"When left undiagnosed and untreated, these STIs can result in serious complications and long-term health problems for women, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and miscarriage, and untreated gonorrhea and chlamydia can cause infertility in both men and women," said the WHO report.
But don't panic! There are still various antibiotics that are effective in fighting these STI's, the WHO report adds. The report also reminds people that condoms are very effective in preventing the spread of STI's.