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Medics stepping up STI fight.

EXPERTS in Birmingham are leading a study to find new treatment for drugresistant strains of gonorrhoea.

Patients are being recruited to take part in the research, carried out by medics at the Whittall Street Clinic, which aims to find alternative antibiotics for the sexually transmitted disease.

The centre is one of eight specialist sexual health centres taking part in the project, which is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment Programme.

It has been revealed previously how Birmingham is the STI capital of the UK - with experts saying social media sites could be partly to blame for a 300 per cent rise in cases.

Professor Jonathan Ross, consultant in sexual health and HIV, who is leading the study, said: "We will be testing an antibiotic, known as gentamicin, to see if this could be used to treat the sexually transmitted infection. We will reach a stage when the current antibiotic, ceftriaxone, is no longer effective, so it is vital to find alternative treatments.

"Patients taking part in this study will not have to attend any extra appointments and their contribution will have a valuable and positive impact."

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