The World Health Organization (WHO) has made some scary announcements regarding the STD known as Gonorrhea and the fact that it has been incurable. At least three people in different countries have contacted the disease, and haven’t been cured of it, which is really distressing. It seems like the disease is getting worse now, as it has seemingly adapted to every cure that has been put in front of it.
“The bacteria that cause Gonorrhea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them,” Dr. Teodora Wi, a human reproduction specialist at the WHO, explained in the press release. What’s worse is that there are 820,000 new gonococcal infections in the Americas every year, which could lead to disastrous circumstances for everyone involved.
“It’s important to understand that ever since antibiotics appeared on the scene, Neisseria gonorrhoeae (the bacteria that causes gonorrhea) has been fairly quick in developing resistance to all the classes of antibiotics that have been thrown at it,” said Manica Balasegaram, director of the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership, according to Refinery 29.
Antibiotics that Gonorrhea is currently impervious to include penicillin, tetracycline and fluoroquinolones, so medical researches are going to have to work twice as hard to kill the disease. With so many people around the world having it, this could cause some panic, though it’s not a global epidemic just yet.
Until more data can be processed, WHO has advised people to take regular STD tests to make sure they are clear, especially those that are sexually active. They have also advised active couples to practice “safer” sexual activities, like using condoms for intercourse and oral sex. It’s a bummer for active couples for sure, but it looks like everyone will have to be a little more careful from now on.