Super Gonorrhea May Be Spreading

As far as we know, a newly discovered antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea has not come to the U.S. yet. But one could easily argue that, as far as we know, it is already here. Given our lax to non-existent border policy, it is only a matter of time.

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LiveScience.com reports, “New Drug-Resistant Strain of Gonorrhea in Australia.”

A new strain of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea that is resistant to multiple antibiotics has been identified in Australia, according to a new report.

This strain of gonorrhea bacteria, called A8806, was discovered in late 2013 in a European woman who was traveling in Australia. The woman went to a sexual health clinic because she was experiencing vaginal discharge, and tested positive for gonorrhea. The week before, the woman had had sex with a new partner, who was also a European traveler, the report said.

Researchers are concerned about this bacteria strain because they do not know how common it is, and whether it is present in other countries around the world, said David Whiley, an infectious disease researcher at the Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute in Brisbane, who worked on the woman’s case and wrote the report with his colleagues.

“Compared to the rest of the world, Australia has very good gonorrhea surveillance, and this is likely [a] key to us actually finding this strain here,” Whiley said. “Our main concern is that it is quite possible that the strain is spreading in populations outside of Australia but is not being detected.”

[See also, “The Alternative to Monogamy is Sickness.”]

So we have now a new resistant strain of gonorrhea that may or may not be in the United States. All forms of gonorrhea have been growing increasingly resistant to antibiotics. The only remaining antibiotic that was being relied upon was ceftriaxone.

The new findings are “yet another warning shot highlighting that ceftriaxone as a successful therapy for gonorrhea may soon be coming to an end,” Whiley told Live Science in an email. “The history of gonorrhea resistance tells that once the first signs of resistance to an antibiotic begin to emerge, then it is generally not very long before such resistant strains become widespread.”

So the question is: Are American public health authorities really doing what they can to explain the dangers of sexual immorality to people? Or are they pretending all is well because anything that discourages sexual immorality is somehow “religious” or otherwise unthinkable?

This could become a big deal in the United States. Remember, there are already 110 million Americans who have STDs at any given time. Due to immorality we are a vulnerable population.