Know Fear: Super Gonorrhea
It might be Shark week, but an entire ocean of sharks is nothing compared to the real danger facing college students: super gonorrhea that is resistent to all forms of antibiotics.
Posted on 8/14/2012
via The Atlantic
While right now we're able to kill gonorrhea with relative easy - hey just take these antibiotics and quit being such an idiot - but over the past decade gonorrhea has started to become resistant to many different types of antibiotics.
But over the past decades, gonorrhea has been mowing down our antibiotics. If this was the Olympic 400 IM, gonorrhea would be the Ryan Lochte and our antibiotics would be the guy from Moldova.
The list of effective antibiotics has been dwindling as the bacteria became resistant, and now it's down to one. Five years ago, the CDC said fluoroquinolones were no longer effective, but oral cephalosporins were still a common/easy treatment. Now injected ceftriaxone is the only recommended effective drug we have left. And it has to be given along with either azithromycin or doxycycline.
o, yes, getting gonorrhea now means that you have to go in and get antibiotics through a needle. And then everyone with whom you've had sex in the last 60 days has to get tested, too.
Once gonorrhea becomes resistant to the last of our cephalosporin antibiotics -- "it's only a matter of time," according to Dr. Gail Bolan, Director of STD Prevention at the CDC in today's announcement -- we will have no treatment. Then when it gets into your bloodstream, it will be lethal.
Lethal? Lethal! The article goes on the recommend taking your antibiotics as prescribed, wearing condomns, or just not having sex, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and say if it ever gets to this point we're all doomed anyways so do what you want.
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