New STD superbug; kills in a matter of days
January 23, 2014
New STD superbug may be deadlier than AIDS; kills in a matter of days
There is a new sexually transmitted superbug that experts say may be more deadly that AIDS.
According to a CNBC report, an antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea is more aggressive than HIV/AIDS, which means the potential to infect the public will be greater.
Like most STDs, gonorrhea is transmitted through unprotected sexual contact and if left untreated, can cause a myriad of medical complications, such as infertility in women, debilitating pain, sterility in men and life threatening heart infections.
Alan Christianson, a doctor of naturopathic medicine, thinks this new deadly Sexually Transmitted Disease has the power to rack up more fatalities than AIDS. To date, more than the 30 million people have already died worldwide from AIDS-related complications.
“Getting gonorrhea from this strain might put someone into septic shock and death in a matter of days,” said Christianson. “This is very dangerous.”
William Smith, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors, echoed that sentiment. “It’s an emergency situation. As time moves on, it’s getting more hazardous,” said Smith.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, though no cases of the superbug officially called H041 were found in the US, steps must be taken to deal with the potential risks.
Gonorrhea can go undetected in affected people, showing no outward symptoms in about half of women and in 5 percent of men, which adds another level of difficulty in getting ahead of the disease.
This strain of STD which is resistant to the current antibiotic available to combat gonorrhea, reportedly kills half of those exposed and infects one in 20 hospital patients—which raises the treat of an outbreak to emergency levels.
Then there is the high cost of combating sexually transmitted diseases, which theCDC tallies at around $16 billion to treat about 20 million cases annually. Of that 20 million, a reported 800,000 are gonorrhea cases among 15- to 24-year-old.
Even more alarming, some doctors believe the STD war is too costly to win.
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