The impact of an antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea could match that of HIV/AIDS, according to some experts.
The strain, called HO41, has been placed in the superbug category along with other antibiotic-resistant bacteria, such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), CNBC reported.
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No deaths from HO41 gonorrhea have been reported, but this is “an emergency situation” and “it’s getting more hazardous” as time passes, according to William Smith, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors.
“This might be a lot worse than AIDS in the short run because the bacteria is more aggressive and will affect more people quickly,” Alan Christianson, a doctor of naturopathic medicine.
“Getting gonorrhea from this strain might put someone into septic shock and death in a matter of days,” he explained. “This is very dangerous.”
The new gonorrhea strain, has been found in Hawaii, California and Norway.
Worldwide, nearly 30 million people have died from AIDS. Christianson believes the effect of the gonorrhea bacteria is more direct.