What You Need to Know About Super Gonorrhea
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“Molly, you in danger girl.”= Oda Mae
In the infamous words of Oda Mae, Whoopi Goldberg’s character in the movie Ghost, “We In Danger!” In danger of what, you say? According to the World Health Organization, the world is running out of antibiotics to treat certain infections. One infection, in particular, we are seeing a high level of resistance to standard treatment is gonorrhea. The first case of antibiotic-resistant or “super” gonorrhea was reported in March 2018 and have continued into 2019. It is reported that a man caught the infection in Southeast Asia while traveling, Public Health England reports.
The man’s infection was described to be “very resistant to the recommended first-line treatment,” by Dr. Gwenda Hughes, head of the sexually transmitted infection section at Public Health England.” The drug-resistant nature of gonorrhea has been a growing concern for some time, but this new case is especially alarming. According to Dr. Hughes, “This is the first time a case has displayed such high-level resistance to both of these drugs and to most other commonly used antibiotics.”
The man is reportedly being treated intravenously with antibiotics that seem to be effective for now.
So how do you avoid contracting this “super” gonorrhea? The best way to avoid “super” gonorrhea is to practice safe sex. With the emergence of this super gonorrhea, it is critical that individuals protect themselves more so than ever.
But now there are more cases popping up.
Two U.K. women in the last 3 months have been diagnosed with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) gonorrhea — the so-called super gonorrhea.
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Public Health England (PHE) says one case was acquired in the U.K., and the other in Europe, with possible connections to what’s been called a “party destination.”
Both women were heterosexual, and their infections were similar in resistance to the first-line antibiotics ceftriaxone and azithromycin.
Similar cases are rare for the U.K. but have been reported in other countries.
What is gonorrhea?
According to the CDC, gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium. It infects the warm, moist areas of the body including the reproductive organs, mouth, throat, eyes, and rectum.
How common is gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is the second most