Sex Infection Gonorrhea Risks Becoming “Superbug”

Hummm…let me see. I know I’ve blogged before about this really good method of preventing sexually transmitted diseases. What was it called again??
Oh yeah, abstinence, that was it. Yeah, you remember abstinence, don’t you?
What? You say that you’ve never been taught anything about abstinence?
Well, let me fill you in on it. It is the only 100% proven affective method of preventing sexually transmitted diseases, like the gonorrhea superbug.
The liberals take a different approach. You see, they don’t believe you are any better than an animal, with no self control. They believe you are “going to do it anyway”, so they prefer to encourage you to get sick with gonorrhea and herpes; things you will carry with you (and spread) for the rest of your life.
We Christian conservatives have a much better idea. Why not just do what God says to do and wait to have sex until you get married. That way neither one of you will have any sexually transmitted diseases and you can live a happy, healthy life and not have to fear the gonorrhea superbug at all.
Novel concept, huh? Give it try.

Catherine Ison, a specialist on gonorrhea from Britain’s Health Protection Agency said a World Health Organization (WHO) meeting in Manila next week would be vital to efforts to try to stop the bug repeatedly adapting to and overcoming drugs.

“This is a very clever bacteria. If this problem isn’t addressed, there is a real possibility that gonorrhea will become a very difficult infection to treat,” she said in a telephone interview.

Gonorrhea is a common bacterial sexually-transmitted infection and if left untreated can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility in women.

Globally, the WHO estimates that there are at least 340 million new cases of curable sexually transmitted infections — including syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis — every year among people aged 15 to 49.

Ison said the highest incidences of gonorrhea were in south and southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, but as yet the WHO has no breakdown by individual infection type.

Current treatment for gonorrhea in most countries consists of a single antibiotic dose of either cefixime or ceftriaxone.

But Ison, who is due to speak on the issue at a Society for General Microbiology conference in Edinburgh on Tuesday, said strains of the Neisseria gonorrhea bacteria were starting to become resistant and could soon become impervious to all current antibiotic treatment options.

“Ceftriaxone and cefixime are still very effective but there are signs that resistance, particularly to cefixime is emerging and soon these drugs may not be a good choice,” she said.

Instances of gonorrhea being resistant to multiple drugs — the definition of a “superbug” — have started to appear in Japan, where health authorities had decided to up the dose to treat the disease, but stick with the same antibiotic, she said.

Other reports of rising gonorrhea drug resistance had also come from Hong Kong, China, Australia and parts of Asia.

Ison said the best way to try to reduce the risk now — beyond encouraging the use of condoms which halt the spread of sexually transmitted diseases — would be to treat gonorrhea with two different antibiotics at the same time.

This is a technique used in the treatment of some other diseases like tuberculosis and one that makes it more difficult for the bacteria to learn how to conquer the drugs.

“There are few new drugs available. So using more than one at the same time is probably what should happen in the first instance,” said Ison. “We also need to set up good lines of communication between countries so that we can all talk to each other about what’s happening in gonorrhea and make sure we change treatment strategies when we need to.”

A WHO spokeswoman said its experts would discuss drug-resistant gonorrhea at a meeting in the Philippine capital Manila next week.

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2 Responses to “Sex Infection Gonorrhea Risks Becoming “Superbug””

  1. Edwin says:

    Most African aid workers will tell you that the biggest problem in stemming the spread of STDs nowadays are Christian stipulations on aid packages and medical advice – that the abstinence-only method of sex education and disease prevention has prevented NGOs from having condoms and other prophylaxes to distribute. This causes the diseases to spread farther and wider than they would with proper protection, and then results in the need for antibiotic treatment for the acquired disease, which then results in a stronger disease. This potential superbug isn’t the result of premarital sex – it’s the result of hamstrung attempts to be reasonable about human life.

  2. Steve says:

    In my opinion, abstinence is the ultimate answer, since it is the only 100% proven method for preventing STD’s. But with that said, I do not have a problem with contraceptive use as long as abstinence training is included in some manner. It is a complex problem and needs to be approached logically. People will not change to abstinence overnight and stopgap measures, such as contraception may be necessary.
    Ultimately, abstinence until marriage, with marriage being between one man and one woman is the goal we should all be working towards.

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