UNITED STATES LOSES ITS CHERRY WITH FIRST 2 CASES OF SUPER GONORRHEA
Gonorrhea. It’s one of those nasty sexually transmitted diseases most of us shudder to hear about, even though it’s a vague memory as a word from that scary list from sex ed in high school. Of course, many kids don’t even have sex ed in many states these days. But it’s a scary word, and hearkens back to youthful fears of being in a sexual world. Yet then again, many others know all about gonorrhea. Either first hand, so to speak, or because someone close to them had it. But regardless of your direct knowledge, we now have word that the United States has had its first confirmed cases of super gonorrhea.
SUPER GONORRHEA IS VIRTUALLY UNTREATABLE WITH ANY KNOWN ANTIBIOTICS
I guess I’m one of the happy ignorant mentioned above. Because gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported STI in the US, with 677,769 cases from the year 2020. Documented case, that it. And why did that number have to end in 69? It’s caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which is an even scarier name. Anyway, many with infections don’t get too sick. But early symptoms include genital discharge, burning urination. If untreated, it can cause infertility for both men and women. That’s scary stuff. And now we have a new threat in super gonorrhea, that has a much greater resistance to all known antibiotics used to treat it. That’s even scarier.
SUPER GONORRHEA FOUND IN EUROPE, ASIA, AND NOW THE UNITED STATES ALSO AT RISK
So far, the United States has just two reported cases so far, both in Massachusetts. Regular (and evidently insanely common) cases of gonorrhea are, or were, easily treated with penicillin or other antibiotics. But because it’s so common, the bacteria have evolved to resist simple antibiotic treatment. Now, only one or two antibiotics taken at the same time are effective treatments. But super gonorrhea is changing the game even further for the worse, where antibiotics don’t work at all. So far, the only documented cases were in Europe and Asia and, of course, Massachusetts in the United States.
And here I’ve been missing my college years.