Strains of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea that can't be beaten are spreading throughout the world, the World Health Organization warns! Unless people get more serious about testing and doctors catch these strains earlier, the new "monster gonorrhea" will become a huge problem. A dangerous strain of gonorrhea turned up in Japan in 2008, and a UK government agency just recently warned about gonorrhea becoming resistant to antibiotics over there, too. Now, the World Health Organization is acknowledging that fears over a global untreatable variation of the STD have materialized.
The aggressive strain has already been found in France, Australia, Norway, and the United Kingdom. And apparently, 106 million people catch new infections every year. This strain of gonorrhea the WHO warns about is resistant even to the strongest antibiotics, cephalosporin, that were the last line of treatment, when all else failed, before. "Gonorrhoea is becoming a major public health challenge," Manjula Lusti-Narasimhan, from the WHO's department of reproductive health and research said. She added: "The organism is what we term a superbug it has developed resistance to virtually every class of antibiotics that exists. If gonococcal infections become untreatable, the health implications are significant." Oops! The World Health Organization also noted that, though gonorrhea is becoming almost impossible to treat on a global level, it tends to have less symptoms these days.
Before, gonorrhea often caused really painful urination, especially in men. Now, experts say, the STD has evolved to be less obvious so it can avoid detection for longer. Are you scared you could possibly have gonorrhea yet? Of course, the WHO team who talked to the press about this problem made it clear that safe sex practices are the only way to keep yourself safe from this uber-scary strain of gonorrhea. But you should still get STD tests if you have any sex at all, just in case. Those who do have super gonorrhea are best off with a regime of multiple antibiotics all at once, so the disease has a harder time resisting and mutating to become even more dangerous.