Ask Dr. Eva Hersh

Dear Dr. Eva,
 I have read that there is a new kind of gonorrhea which is untreatable. Is this true?

Dear Worried,

Before I begin, my thanks to Dr. Khalil Ghanem of Johns Hopkins for assisting with this column.

It’s important to understand that every type of infection comes in multiple strains or varieties. This makes it difficult to make statements about gonorrhea as a whole because strains vary. For this reason, I will refer to