There is a new STD superbug that experts say may be more deadly that AIDS and could cause an epidemic.
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 and sterility in men and life threatening heart infections.
Alan Christianson, a doctor of naturopathic medicine, thinks this new deadly STD has the power to kill more than the 30 million people who have already died from AIDS-related causes worldwide, which would be catastrophic.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Hawaii News Now are rejecting any claims of such a strain.
The super-strain designated H041 was found to have infected a female Japanese sex worker in 2011 and was resistant to “last line of defense” antibiotics in the family of cephalosporins – such as the drugs cefixime and ceftriaxone. This strain has been found nowhere else.
Recent reports of two cases in Hawaii where the gonorrhea was antibiotic-resistant have nothing to do with the H041 strain. The resistance in these two patients made it incurable with azithromycin, also sold as Z-pac, which is a common first-line antibiotic. The same strain that was resistant to azithromycin was seen in Hawaii in May 2011 as well.
“There is no multi-drug super resistant superbug yet in Hawaii or the United States. We don’t have the superbug in Hawaii that I repeat again, but I think it does raise people’s consciousness that gonorrhea is out there, there are new strains that are developing and evolving and we need to be aware of that and protect ourselves,” said Peter Whiticir from the State Department of Health’s STD/Aids Prevention Control branch.