May 11, 2013
Watch Your Willies: Something Worse Than AIDS
There is a new STD around and it’s here with a vengeance. It’s rumored to be more infectious than the big, bad AIDS virus. Health officials confirmed this ‘Sex Superbug’s’ existence back in May 2011, and if not dealt with soon, it could become untreatable by 2015.
The “Sex Super Bug,” as a reporter referred to in an article on the Daily Mail website, is an antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea, formally named HO41. The first reported case of this strain was found in a female sex worker in Japan two years ago. Since the first incident, this new superbug has traveled, made its way to Norway, and even into the States. According to numerous sources, the new strain was found in Hawaii in May 2011. (There was a correction to this on CNBC, stating that the strains found were not of the same strain, and those were cured with follow-up treatments. However, there are too few sources to confirm.)
Gonorrhea, more casually known as “The Clap,” has been around for centuries. Earliest recorded dealings were in the 16th century. It is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. It ranks second in the most common STDs in America. The scary thing about this disease is that you may not know you even have it. Most men and women have no symptoms at all. When women do show symptoms, they are so mild they can easily be mistaken for other minor medical conditions. Science has since come up with cures and treatments for most mild strains, making it easily dealt with using a series of antibiotics.
However, germs and bacteria are the best representation of evolution and Darwinism for a reason. Since the creation of the cure, the disease has been evolving over time, becoming more hostile. Other strains of treatment-resisting gonorrhea have been found before, but were dealt with the application of follow-up antibiotic treatments. The big, bad reason H041 has successfully earned its way into the infamous category of “Superbug” is not only because it is resistance to most antibiotics, but because it is more violent.
Alan Christianson, a doctor of naturopathic medicine, stated in the interview with CNBC, “This might be a lot worse than AIDS in the short run because the bacteria is more aggressive and will affect more people quickly.” He continued, “Getting gonorrhea from this strain might put someone into septic shock and death in a matter of days. This is very dangerous.” Christianson fears, “This is a disaster just waiting to happen… it’s time to do something about it before it explodes. These superbugs, including the gonorrhea strain, are a health threat. We need to move now before it gets out of hand.”
So, in quick response, “The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has asked Congress for $50 million to find a new antibiotic to treat the drug-resistant strain of the disease.” As reported by Daily Mail, they continued, “In a briefing on Capitol Hill last week, William Smith, executive director of the National Coalition for STD Directors, urged Congress to target nearly $54 million in immediate funding to help find an antibiotic for HO41 and to conduct an education and public awareness campaign. ”
Luckily, there have yet to be any deaths from this new superbug and with the funding towards prevention, hopefully there won’t be. But it goes to show the importance of getting tested regularly, and safe sex; because with this new virus, it’s imperative to know.
So, always remember to cover your willies or you might end up with way more trouble than you planned.
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