Swedish scientists say they have found a new strain of gonorrhea in Japan that has "mutated to become resistant to current treatments."
MUTATED! The GONORRHEA has MUTATED!
Those are two words I never want to see in a sentence again.
Magnus Unemo, of the Research Laboratory for Pathogenic Neisseria in Orebro, described it as an alarming discovery. ‘Since antibiotics became the standard treatment for gonorrhoea in the 1940s, this bacterium has shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it,' he said.
‘While it is still too early to assess if this new strain has become widespread, the history of newly emergent resistance in the bacterium suggests that it may spread rapidly unless new drugs and effective treatment programs are developed.'
Other noteworthy facts about this "unstoppable strain":
1. "The 16-24 age group accounts for almost half of all cases."
2. "Around half of women and one in ten men will not be aware they have the disease for several months."
3. "In women, the infection can spread to the womb and ovaries and increase the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease."
4. "Men can also develop infections in the testes and prostate gland which can reduce their fertility."
5. "Experts have blamed increased promiscuity, particularly among the young."
In other words, run! Run and save your young, sexually promiscuous selves!