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Medical News and Perspectives
May 26, 2004

Rise in Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Cases

JAMA. 2004;291(20):2420. doi:10.1001/jama.291.20.2420

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that fluoroquinolones—ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, and levofloxacin—no longer be used as first-line treatment for gonorrhea in gay and bisexual men. The recommendation was made after preliminary data from a CDC study showed that drug-resistant gonorrhea cases increased significantly in the United States in 2003, particularly among men who have sex with men.

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