Thursday, March 13, 2014

Gonorrhea Approaching Untreatable

The CDC has issued a report detailing its findings in attempting to trace the increasing difficulty in treating gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can cause severe discomfort, serious medical problems (such as sterility) for both genders and in very rare cases, death....
The overriding conclusion of the researchers is that the world is now sitting on the precipice of losing the ability to fight a major bacterial infection. Worse perhaps, is that it may mark the first of many others to come. Gonorrhea infections typically only last for a few weeks or months, in most cases the immune system eventually wins over (after the disease has caused sometimes irreparable damage). The same cannot be said for some other bacterial infections that may also soon become untreatable.
While it is true that you can avoid this problem by doing something really, really bizarre (get married, stay faithful to your spouse and vice versa), the risks associated with other increasingly antibiotic-resistant diseases cannot be so easily avoided.

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