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Are any of you aware that the sexually transmitted disease, gonorrhea, is rapidly becoming untreatable?

Asked by Linda_Owl (7690 points ) January 9th, 2013

Gonorrhea is one of the sexually transmitted diseases that is most often seen in Health Clinics. However, a new strain of this disease has appeared & it is not responding to the antibiotics used to treat this disease. This is a link to the information.

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/01/08/first-antibiotic-resistant-gonorrhea-cases-detected-in-north-america

This worries me. Just think of all of the young people in the US who might end up infected with this?

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zenvelo's avatar

One more reason for safe sex practices!

Coloma's avatar

Doesn’t get any safer than the turbo jets in my hot tub. lol
Seriously, it’s not any worse than worrying about contracting AIDS or Hepatitis or Herpes or any other incurable STD.
I’m just glad I got out of the 70’s free and clear. haha

bolwerk's avatar

Forget about the USA. Let’s hope it doesn’t get out in The Catholic Church.

Judi's avatar

I’m with you @Coloma. I came of age in that tiny window between birth control and AIDS.

Shippy's avatar

Just another reason to ensure safe sex. Although I know that sometimes even skin to skin touching can cause STD’s to be transmitted. Meaning the base of the penis for example touching the labia. I’m really not sure how Gonorrhea can be contracted? Through vaginal, oral? Blood, or semen.

gailcalled's avatar

“Gonorrhea is caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Anyone who has any type of sex can catch gonorrhea. The infection can be spread by contact with the mouth, vagina, penis, or anus.

The bacteria grow in warm, moist areas of the body, including the tube that carries urine out of the body (urethra). In women, the bacteria may be found in the reproductive tract (which includes the fallopian tubes, uterus, and cervix). The bacteria can even grow in the eyes.

Health care providers in every state in the U.S. are required by law to tell their State Board of Health about anyone diagnosed with gonorrhea. The goal of this law is make sure the patient gets proper follow-up care and that their sexual partners are found and tested.

You are more likely to develop this infection if you:

Have multiple sexual partners

Have a partner with a past history of any sexually transmitted infection

Do not use a condom during sex.” Source

Seek's avatar

@bolwerk Don’t forget the rabbis.

jca's avatar

I know I had heard that herpes is in your body forever. What about gonnorhea? That’s not clear from the info.

mazingerz88's avatar

Oh shit. : )

Coloma's avatar

@jca Guess you’d have to research it. I want to say that either Syph. or Gonn. might both remain in the body for years and be passed down to offspring. I know one or the other had to do with the practice of putting silver nitrate drops in newborns eyes, to prevent blindness from those diseases or something like that, if the infant was exposed during the birthing process.

tranquilsea's avatar

I’ve been following stories about drug resistant STDs for a while now. Scary.

bolwerk's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr: I heard about that, but herpes is probably the bigger threat there.

gailcalled's avatar

Going back to the source I linked, above;

“A gonorrhea infection that has not spread to the bloodstream or other areas almost always can be cured with antibiotics. Gonorrhea that has spread is a more serious infection but almost always gets better with treatment.”

“Complications in women may include:

Salpingitis (scarring of the fallopian tubes), which can lead to problems getting pregnant or ectopic pregnancy

Pelvic inflammatory disease

Infertility (inability to become pregnant)

Pregnant women with severe gonorrhea may pass the disease to their baby while in the womb or during delivery

Complications in men may include:

Scarring or narrowing of the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body (See: Urethral stricture)

Abscess (collection of pus around the urethra)

Complications in both men and women may include:

Joint infections

Heart valve infection

Meningitis”

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