Gonorrhea may soon be an untreatable disease.

The problem of antibacterial resistance is, if you’ll pardon the pun, a growing one and it’s looking like Gonorrhea is near to joining the already too-long list:

Gonorrhea Could Join Growing List of Untreatable Diseases – Yahoo! News

Gonorrhea is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the world with about 600,000 cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year. A few years ago, investigators started seeing cases of infection that did not easily respond to treatment with a group of drugs called cephalosporins, which are currently the last line of defense against this particular infection. Now, the number of drug-resistant cases has grown so much in the U.S. and elsewhere that gonorrheal infection may soon become untreatable, according to doctors writing in the February 9 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

There have been reports on resistant forms of E. colituberculosis, and pneumonia in the recent past and there isn’t a whole lot of research being done on new antibiotics to replace the ones that are becoming useless. I wonder if the potential for Gonorrhea becoming untreatable will motivate some companies to invest in the research. Think of the profits that could be made.

In the meantime, be careful who you bump uglies with. There’s more than AIDS out there to be worried about.

3 thoughts on “Gonorrhea may soon be an untreatable disease.

  1. This is a horrible time to be a single guy! or girl, for that matter… “Back in The Day”, the only incurable thing we had to worry about was Herpes.

  2. In my former professional life of providing testing, treatment, and counseling for those with STD’s it used to boggle my mind at the number of cases of gonorrhea that we saw which were undiagnosed and even untreated. Now that it’s antibiotic resistant it becomes even more scary.

    And, yes, it does suck to be single these days with all the things that Comet just won’t scrub off.

  3. And what is even more alarming that the number of undiagnosed and untreated cases is the fact that we STILL live in a country without a fair and affordable health insurance system. It boggles the mid that people could be so apathetic and self-serving as to routinely work against their own interests.

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