Doctors Warn That A Certain Strain Of Gonorrhea Can Be ‘Worse Than AIDS’

Doctors Warn That A Certain Strain Of Gonorrhea Can Be ‘Worse Than AIDS’
World

Doctors have begun alerting the public that an antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea may in fact have the potential to be as deadly as AIDS.

After AIDS, gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported STD in North America.

This evolved strain known as HO41 was discovered in Japan two years ago in a 31-year-old female sex worker. The bacteria has since been found in Hawaii, California, and Norway.

“This might be a lot worse than AIDS in the short run because the bacteria is more aggressive and will affect more people quickly,” doctor of naturopathic medicine Alan Christianson told CNBC.

“Getting gonorrhea from this strain might put someone into septic shock and death in a matter of days,” he continued. “This is very dangerous.”

In a briefing on Capitol Hill last week, William Smith, executive director of the National Coalition for STD Directors, urged Congress to put aside $54 million in immediate funding to help find an antibiotic for HO41.

More and more U.S. states are currently experiencing huge increases in gonorrhea cases. Utah saw a 74 percent rise in gonorrhea cases in 2012.

According to the latest statistics from the CDC, 31 states, including the District of Columbia, reported an increase in gonorrhea cases.

Cephalosporin the class of antibiotics traditionally used to treat gonorrhea, has been failing worldwide and doctors are seriously afraid that all types of gonorrhea will soon become immune to antibiotics.

Professor Cathy Ison, head of the National Reference Laboratory for Gonorrhea in the U.K told the BBC “There is a possibility that if we don’t do something then it could become untreatable by 2015.”

Left untreated, gonorrhea can result in blood stream infections, pelvic inflammatory diseases, infertility and a permanent weakening of the immune system which prevents it from fighting off any harmful infection or disease.

Please use a condom, people.

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Sean Levinson

Sean Levinson loves writing almost as much as he loves ranting about politics. Elite Daily lets him do both, and he couldn't be happier now that he's finally putting his years at SUNY New Paltz to good use. When he's not writing, Sean enjoys nature excursions, playing the guitar and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Look for him on "Real Time with Bill Maher," where he regularly appears in his most precious fantasies.

More In World

Also On Elite

Music News

Believe It Or Not, Pre-16th Century Art Predicted Hip Hop (Photos)

Rap is an art form that doesn’t get the respect it deserves. As the revolutionary RZA recently proclaimed, Wu-Tang’s one of one album is as rare as the Mona Lisa (perhaps even rarer, in its pursuit of truth and musical equality). Tumblr is a digital world of possibilities. There are wild yahoos, and then there’s […]

Sports

Tim Duncan Has More 50-Win Seasons Than 26 Of The 30 NBA Teams

Tim Duncan is a living legend. The Spurs big man was drafted first overall by San Antonio in 1997, and since then, in the 17 seasons since, Duncan’s lowest single-season winning percentage was 61. Good lord. @junior_miller @SportsSturm @DonHarris4 pic.twitter.com/PFrGcVw3Tu — Brad Buchhorn (@BWB76) April 2, 2014 Taking a moment to reflect on his incredible […]