CDC: Untreatable Gonorrhea Might Be Just Around the Corner

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Via NPR:

There’s disturbing news coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The sexually-transmitted disease Gonorrhea is getting close to being untreatable. There’s only one antibiotic left that works against the disease, and if gonorrhea continues to mutate then it too may become ineffective. That’s right: You could have “the clap” for the rest of your life, and it’s all because of the over-prescription of antibiotics:

“Gonorrhea used to be susceptible to penicillin, ampicillin, tetracycline and doxycycline — very commonly used drugs,” said Jonathan Zenilman, who studies infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins.

But one by one, each of those antibiotics — and almost every new one that has come along since — eventually stopped working. One reason is that the bacterium that causes gonorrhea can mutate quickly to defend itself, Zenilman said.

“If this was a person, this person would be incredibly creative,” he said. “The bug has an incredible ability to adapt and just develop new mechanisms of resisting the impact of these drugs.”

Another reason is that antibiotics are used way too frequently, giving gonorrhea and many other nasty germs too many chances to learn how to survive.

“A lot of this is occurring not because of treatment for gonorrhea but overuse for other infections, such as urinary tract infections, upper respiratory tract infections and so forth,” Zenilman said.

Untreated, gonorrhea can lead to joint pain, pelvic inflammatory disease, lesions, and in some cases, blindness, cardiovascular disease and meningitis.

Make sure that condom in your wallet hasn’t expired and continue reading at NPR.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Don’t be a fool, wrap your tool.

    And if your a lady, make him wrap his tool. That may not rhyme, but jesus, do you really want to risk untreatable gonorrhea?

    • Nunzio X

      If Super Gonorrhea
      threatens to ruin your night,
      then simply whip out
      Super Kryptonite.

    • Heath

      When your sliding into first and your pants start to burst…oh wait..

  • nightman

    thats right folks, stop having sex and producing those pesky human babies that suck up all the air from the elites.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Yeah go ahead, reproduce ’til there’s no free space or wilderness left in the world and total global vegetative output is monopolized for human use. There’s no way it could possibly be ecologically disastrous. No way it could possibly be damaging to freedom. No way it could possibly lead to increasing military conflict. No way it could lead to ever decreasing amounts of necessary resources.

      Furthermore elites like surplus population, it gives employers significant advantage over employees in labor relations. 

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    You know overprescription of antibiotics might only speed up the creation of these super-bugs. Speed it up into timescales that we can see it happen, but the resistant strains are always going to steadily become more prominant even when we’re not “overprescribing.” just a thought.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    > Make sure that condom in your wallet hasn’t expired and continue reading at NPR.

    OK got it.
    Always glad to get my CIA inspired news from NPR & its pal Disinfo.

  • Anomaly_of_Anomie

    Too many people are in relationships for only a short time before neglecting to use condoms, and/or they cheat on their commitments… sometimes folks are just plain irresponsible- get too drunk or heated up and proceed as nature intended. This is not helping the global STD problem.

    An ultra thin flesh-like condom of the future is on it’s way. It is equally as effective, does not smell like industrial plastic and feels almost natural. It will drastically reduce cases of infectious disease. 

  • Rex Vestri

    LOOK!
    Down in your pants…
    It’s a skunk. It’s a fish…
    IT’S SUPER CLAP!

  • The Baffler

    Good. A little more suffering in the world will do us all some good.

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