Could Gonorrhea Become Incurable In Our Lifetime?

Gonorrhea is the second most common STI that one can contract. It’s symptoms include but aren’t limited to pain while urinating, discharge, itching, swelling and the potential for infertility in women. It is not a fun thing to have but thankfully it is very treatable. If you find yourself with gonorrhea, it’s likely that a doctor will prescribe you some antibiotics, you’ll take them and the gonorrhea will be dealt with. Can you see where I’m going with this?

As with any illness treated with antibiotics, the potential for an antibiotic resistant strain of the illness is always present. Unfortunately, the first cases of antibiotic resistant gonorrhea have recently been found in North America. There have already been cases found in other parts of the world, but let’s be honest, if it’s not happening here, North Americans don’t care as much about it. Here’s what was found:

In a study released Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a group of scientists led by Vanessa Allen of Public Health Ontario, found that 6.7 percent of patients with gonorrhea at a Toronto clinic still had the disease after a round of cephalosporins, the last effective oral antibiotic used to treat the disease. Of 133 patients who returned for a “test of cure” visit, nine remained gonorrhea-positive. This is the first time cephalosporin-resistant gonorrhea has been found in humans in North America.

When cephalosporin doesn’t work to treat gonorrhea, an injected antibiotic called ceftriaxone has been shown to be effective. The problem is that it’s only a matter of time before a strain of ceftriaxone resistant gonorrhea comes along. At that point there will be no way of treating the illness, incurable gonorrhea. Shitty.

I don’t know what the takeaway is here. Practice safer sex I guess. Take all your antibiotics if you’re ever prescribed them. Let’s hope that science can come up with something because I wouldn’t wish incurable gonorrhea on my worst enemy. Wear protection, aim for good, open and honest communication with all your sexual partners. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to them about their sexual history maybe you shouldn’t feel comfortable having sex with them. Sorry for the bummer everyone.

Via US News 

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