New Sex Superbug STD Could Be Worse Than AIDS
Doctors are concerned about a new sexually-transmitted disease that could be more dangerous that AIDS. An antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea HO41 was contracted by a Japanese female sex worker and it has people worried.
The “superbug” is believed to be extremely dangerous.
"This might be a lot worse than AIDS in the short run because the bacteria is more aggressive and will affect more people quickly," said Alan Christianson, a doctor of naturopathic medicine. "Getting gonorrhea from this strain might put someone into septic shock and death in a matter of days. This is very dangerous."
He also had this advice about stopping the spread of the new strain. "People need to practice safe sex, like always. Anyone beginning a new relationship should get tested along with their partner. The way gonorrhea works, not everyone knows they have it. And with this new strain it's even more important than ever to find out. "
William Smith, the executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors, added: "It's an emergency situation. As time moves on, it's getting more hazardous."
Smith has asked Congress to allocate $54 million to help work on an antibiotic capable of stopping HO41. Smith also wants the government to conduct a public awareness campaign, Fox News reported.
"I'm hopeful we'll get the additional funds, but I can't say for sure," Smith said. "What I do know is we don't have the resources to fight this as it stands now."