World Health Organization: Gonorrhea becoming harder to treat

The World Health Organization says antibiotic resistance is making Gonorrhea harder and sometimes impossible to treat.

The sexually transmitted disease can cause infertility if untreated and affects an estimated 78 million people each year.

According to the WHO, data from 77 countries, shows the disease has developed resistance to some antibiotics and an increasing number of countries are finding that the infection can become completely untreatable.

Some health experts say the disease is evolving and becoming resistant because of the other bacteria that can cause it.

Every time doctors use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them.

Right now in the United States, the current class of antibiotics is working but experts say it's only a matter of time before they become ineffective too.

"And to prevent that, or to get a head of that I should say, we have studies out and we are looking at it in ongoing surveillance of the resistance and research,” said Clinical Services Nurse Manager Vonda Pabon.

According to the CDC, North Carolina ranks at the top of the 50 states for the rate of STD cases per 100,000 people and is ranked number three when it comes to Gonorrhea.