Doctors Freak the F Out as Gonorrhea Rapidly Becoming Incurable
The Health Protection Agency says we may be heading to a point when the disease is incurable unless new treatments can be found.
Prof Cathy Ison, a gonorrhoea expert at England’s HPA, said: “Our lab tests have shown a dramatic reduction in the sensitivity of the drug we were using as the main treatment for gonorrhoea. This presents the very real threat of untreatable gonorrhoea in the future.
“We were so worried by the results we were seeing that we recommended that guidelines on the treatment of gonorrhoea were revised in May this year, to recommend a more effective drug.
“But this won’t solve the problem, as history tells us that resistance to this therapy will develop too. In the absence of any new alternative treatments for when this happens, we will face a situation where gonorrhoea cannot be cured.”
Ruh-roh. Gonorrhea ranks second only to chlamydia on the top STD charts worldwide. And while you may not associate longterm poor health and ultimately death with the big G the way you might with HIV, that’s largely in part due to the previous effectiveness of drugs that would cure gonorrhea before it became a problem.
Untreated, or in this case uncured gonorrhea leads to infertility in both men and women, and in time spreads to the blood and joints, killing the patient. It also increases your vulnerability to other STDS like HIV by a wide margin.
Play safe out there, boys and girls.