Safe sex warning after two UK women infected with super-gonorrhoea - Nottinghamshire Live

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Two women in the UK have been infected with a high-strength strain of drug-resistant gonorrhoea.

Doctors have urged people to take precautions when having sex with new partners, and are investigating where the dangerous STI could have come from.

Public Health England said one of the women acquired the infection in Europe and the other in the UK, with doctors looking to see if the cases are linked.

Both women have since been cured after the infections were resistant to main therapy.

Two women have contracted the new strain of gonorrhea
Two women have contracted the new strain of gonorrhea (Image: Getty)

Dr Nick Phin, deputy director of the National Infection Service at Public Health England[1], said: "Although these two cases of extensively resistant gonorrhoea have been successfully treated, contact tracing is under way to ensure there is no onward spread.

"This is a timely reminder of the importance of avoiding getting or passing on gonorrhoea.

"Everyone can substantially reduce their risk by using condoms consistently and correctly with all new and casual partners."

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