Gonorrhea is officially resistant to antibiotics and is now technically a superbug… It has become stronger than ever before.
The status of ‘superbug’ is reached when a bug begins to resist the drugs that are (were) typically used to treat it. If you don’t think of this as a huge problem, consider the consequences – yellowy-green pus-like discharge from the penis, swollen sore and red genitals and possible infertility… According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), around 78 million people are infected each year globally, with 97% of 77 countries surveyed reporting the presence of drug-resistant gonorrhoea strains.
“At the moment, all cases of gonorrhoea are still treatable using some combination of available antibiotics,” says Dr. Xavier Didelot, a senior lecturer in the department of infectious disease and epidemiology at Imperial College London. “But at the current rate at which resistance is developing, we could find ourselves facing a situation where no antibiotic works, which would mean a return to the pre-antibiotic era.”
We are now running out of options to treat gonorrhoea cases,” says Dr. Didelot. “So instead of waiting for the few remaining options to fail, we need to start using antibiotics in a way that does not lead to resistance developing.”
Though treatment is, for now, effective, Dr. Bob Kirkcaldy, epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of STD Prevention, has some tips to help avoid and combat the superbug. He recommends using contraception, being cautious with new sexual partners and having twice yearly STD tests.
“It’s important for people to get screened and treated,” he says. “We know this bug can mutate rapidly.”
There is a difference between resistant and completely immune…
The problem is the overuse of antibiotics…