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Gonorrhea Becoming More Resistant To Antibiotic Treatment

Found this post from USA Today regarding one of the world’s most loved venereal disease (and one of the most hardest to spell); Gonorrhea.

Apparently, the bacteria that causes Gonorrhea has developed resistance to fluoroquinolones, an antibiotic that’s traditionally used to combat it. From the linked article:

Fluoroquinolones are widely used because they are effective against a range of bacteria and fewer people are allergic to them than to other antibiotics. Apparently, Douglas said, it’s easier for bacteria to mutate and resist fluoroquinolones than it is for them to become resistant to cephalosporins.

“Gonorrhea has now joined the list of other superbugs for which treatment options have become dangerously few,” Henry Masur, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America told the Associated Press. “To make a bad problem even worse, we’re also seeing a decline in the development of new antibiotics to treat these infections.”

Scary scenario. However, I’m sure that the boffins in the pharmaceutical industry will take this as a challenge and rise to the occassion. But until then, please take adequate measures to prevent yourselves from catching VDs.

Remember, safe sex saves lives 🙂