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Super Gonorrhea Emerges as the Bacteria Resists Antibiotics

Super Gonorrhea Emerges as the Bacteria Resists Antibiotics

Use your condoms!

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned everyone that the sexually-transmitted disease gonorrhea has emerged as a super bug since the bacteria has started to resist antibiotics. From CBS News:

“The bacteria that cause gonorrhea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them,” Dr. Teodora Wi, a WHO medical officer specializing in reproductive health, said in a statement.

Each year, 78 million people are infected with gonorrhea worldwide, but experts say the actual number is likely much higher.

“These cases may just be the tip of the iceberg, since systems to diagnose and report untreatable infections are lacking in lower-income countries where gonorrhea is actually more common,” Wi said.

Researchers looked over gonorrhea cases “from 77 countries” between 2009 and 2014. The data showed them that the disease has grown to resist “the most commonly used antibiotics.” Latest data has shown it has also started to resist “the current last-resort treatment,” which is the “injectable cetriaxone.”

France, Japan, and Spain have cases of gonorrhea that cannot be cured by that last defense treatment. From Gizmodo:

The agency is now advising doctors to prescribe a double-whammy treatment involving both azithromycin and ceftriaxone. This is a rather grim prescription, given that azithromycin-resistant gonorrhea is now being reported in 81 percent of countries, and ceftriaxone-resistant gonorrhea has taken root in 66 percent of countries. Ultimately, WHO says we need to develop a vaccine, because gonorrhea will always remain a step ahead of our efforts to curb it with antibiotics.

WHO also advised the medical community to develop new drugs to treat gonorrhea. But as of now, “only three new candidate drugs” are in clinical development. Pharmaceutical companies have remained hesitant to develop new drugs since the medicines “are only taken for short periods of time” and, as the evidence has shown, “become less effective over time as resistance develops.” Gizmodo continued:

“To address the pressing need for new treatments for gonorrhea, we urgently need to seize the opportunities we have with existing drugs and candidates in the pipeline,” said Manica Balasegaram, who directs the not-for-profit Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP). “In the short term, we aim to accelerate the development and introduction of at least one of these pipeline drugs, and will evaluate the possible development of combination treatments for public health use. Any new treatment developed should be accessible to everyone who needs it, while ensuring it’s used appropriately, so that drug resistance is slowed as much as possible.”

In addition to developing new drugs and re-evaluating existing antibiotics, WHO says it’s critical to develop treatments that are easier to administer, and produce more simplified treatment guidelines.

People can transfer gonorrhea “through sexual contact with the genitals, mouth, or anus.”

Females have the most side effects with the disease, “including pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility, as well as an increased risk of HIV.”

In other words, abstain from sex or use condoms.


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And once again, should it ever again be published, we know how those who practice unnatural sex and/or who share needles practically own this problem. We normal people are just forced to pay for the medical treatment and subsidize research for “the cure”. We know what “the cure” is. Stop being perverts!

The blame goes squarely on conservatives. We had laws against those perversions. Conservatives failed to fight for them.

    Granny in reply to mrboxty. | July 8, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Plenty of folks got gonorrhea (aka “the clap”) long before those laws disappeared as a product of the old “boys will be boys” seeding of wild oats.

    Tom Servo in reply to mrboxty. | July 8, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Plus, it’s not my job to stop other people from suffering the consequences of their own actions.

      Anonamom in reply to Tom Servo. | July 9, 2017 at 8:47 am

      I don’t disagree with you in principle. Unfortunately, our near socialist state demands that I pay-literally- for the consequences of other people’s bad choices, so self-interest tends to fight against the principle (the subject of this article being only one example of the consequences of bad choices).

No, go full social liberal. It worked to normalize polygamy without commitment, and behaviors on the transgender spectrum including male homosexuality. It will work for you. Have faith in modern wizards and elixirs to heel you.

Besides, if you’re a male and female couple, what’s the worst case scenario, a baby, a human baby? There’s a friendly neighborhood Planned Parenthood to cure that infestation.

The UN needs billions more US dollars to fix this.

Wait, is this another metaphor for CNN?

Self-moderating, responsible behavior is in progressive supply.

Barack Obama better watch his ass – literally.

But Michelle’s orifices are safe. Except from dust.

Bitterlyclinging | July 9, 2017 at 7:35 am

Azithromycin was a shitty antibiotic when it was introduced in the 80’s and 90’s, the result of a drug manufacturer’s tinkering with the erythromycin molecule, developed in 40’s and 50’s, to get a patentable product to sell.
Its greatest benefit, its safe.

“Bad money drives out good money.” How long until the only gonorrhea is the superbug variety? Curable varieties will be cured.

chastity proves (again) to be a virtuous way to live in a world that tries to convince us that our pleasure comes first (at what price)

OleDirtyBarrister | July 10, 2017 at 1:55 pm

The good news is that wonks and nerds that contribute to and read legal blogs and forums probably do not face that much risk of uncurable gonorrhea because they are not one of the cool, pretty, frisky kids.

The bad news is that the wonks and nerds in legal blog and forum world are probably going to have to pay for it when the cool kids catch uncurable STD’s.