The World Health Organization is reporting that the sexually transmitted disease Gonorrhea is becoming dangerous because of the bug’s ability to adapt to antibiotics
According to researchers, there is a “super bug” version of Gonorrhea making the rounds, and the strain cannot be treated with event the most advanced forms of medication.
The Guardian reported that Gonorrhea is the second most common sexually transmitted disease with an estimated 78 million people contracting the infection each year, the disease is spread through unprotected sex, oral sex, and anal sex.
There is tremendous a concern per the World Health Organization.
The adaptability of the bug is among them.
“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,” said Dr Teodora Wi, Medical Officer, Human Reproduction, at WHO.”
77 countries were surveyed, 50 of them contained cases where first line treatment was “ineffective”.
“To address the pressing need for new treatments for gonorrhoea, we urgently need to seize the opportunities we have with existing drugs and candidates in the pipeline. 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,” said Dr Manica Balasegaram, GARDP Director. “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.”
The report is certain to create a sense of urgency, the emergence of this super bug is threat billions of people.
Education and discussion regarding STD prevention is just as important as the efforts of medical science to control this epidemic.