CDC warns that gonorrhea on verge of being untreatable

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    Mar 13, 2014 7:21 PM GMT
    (Not so) fun times...

    http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-cdc-gonorrhea-verge-untreatable.html
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    Mar 13, 2014 7:29 PM GMT
    As health concerns go, I'd only be horrified if it wasn't preventable. Sooooo many reasons to use protection nowadays.

    To push this issue to the forefront of public consciousness, however, they need to stop linking gonorrhea to sexual behavior; show victims infected by non-sexual behavior (infants?).
  • seafrontbloke

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    Mar 13, 2014 8:24 PM GMT
    What you haven't explicitly linked this to is the over use / abuse of antibiotics.

    I'm rather more concerned of other bacterial infections, the more become resistant, the more likely our concepts of surgery being a standard medical procedure fall by the wayside. Similarly, we will start to suffer rather worse side effects when we scratch ourselves outside ...
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    Mar 13, 2014 9:52 PM GMT
    seafrontbloke saidWhat you haven't explicitly linked this to is the over use / abuse of antibiotics.

    I'm rather more concerned of other bacterial infections, the more become resistant, the more likely our concepts of surgery being a standard medical procedure fall by the wayside. Similarly, we will start to suffer rather worse side effects when we scratch ourselves outside ...


    Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest issues of today and the coming years.

    The UK`s chief medical officer has spoken of it as a greater threat than terrorism, and up there with global pandemics and climate change.
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    Mar 14, 2014 12:28 AM GMT
    No kidding, this is awful news. Just another sign nature hates sexual relations with multiple partners.
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    Mar 14, 2014 12:49 AM GMT
    Pfizer shut down it's entire atnibiotic research lab in CT because there's no money in it icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Mar 14, 2014 1:03 AM GMT
    somersault saidPfizer shut down it's entire atnibiotic research lab in CT because there's no money in it icon_rolleyes.gif


    And the proof is where? come on. if you're going to shout propaganda, you should know about showing the source. And, what do you mean in CT? That could mean many things in the medical world.
  • slimnmuscly

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    Mar 14, 2014 1:17 AM GMT
    Another reason gay men need to take more than HIV into account when deciding what constitutes safe sex. You can't serosort for gonorrhea and other STIs, so only barebacking with people you think are the same status as you (hardly a brilliant HIV-prevention strategy) won't work. Truvada won't protect you. Blowjobs also easily transmit the clap, and the overuse of antibiotics means the era of cheap, easily treated STIs is basically over.

    The funny thing is, the very first safe sex guide--How to Have Sex in an Epidemic, written in 1983 (before the cause of AIDS had been discovered) by an escort, a bathhouse slut and their doctor, who was mistakenly skeptical of the single-virus theory--still tells you everything you need to know about how to get laid without putting yourself or your partner(s) at risk for most STIs. You can read the whole thing online, but you have to scroll down and click on each page spread's thumbnail.

    http://richardberkowitz.com/2010/06/29/blurbs-for-how-to-have-sex-in-an-epidemic/

    We've known what to do since early days in the pandemic's history (not early enough for too many), but the idea that HIV is the only STI worth worrying about--not that we're doing a bang-up job preventing new HIV infections--along with antibiotic over-prescription has brought us close to another public health crisis.
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    Mar 14, 2014 1:24 AM GMT
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    somersault saidPfizer shut down it's entire atnibiotic research lab in CT because there's no money in it icon_rolleyes.gif


    And the proof is where? come on. if you're going to shout propaganda, you should know about showing the source. And, what do you mean in CT? That could mean many things in the medical world.


    “Last year, Pfizer, the world’s biggest drug company, closed its Connecticut antibiotics research center, laying off 1,200 workers,” reports The Washington Post. “The company said it was moving the operation to Shanghai. …Pfizer is struggling to open the Chinese facility and has largely abandoned antibiotics.”

    btw CT means Connecticut and CA means California, ME is Maine
  • wellwell

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    Mar 14, 2014 1:32 AM GMT
    canadian_stud saidNo kidding, this is awful news. Just another sign nature hates sexual relations with multiple partners.



    I'm with ya on that one dood !!


    Oh ya, BTW, NM stands 4 New Mexico; come for a visit!
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    Mar 14, 2014 3:07 AM GMT
    Totally sensationalist headline.

    "no strains of the bacteria that are resistant to them have been found so far in the United States, the same cannot be said for other countries".

    This is obviously very concerning, but I'm skeptical that it's on the 'verge' of being 'untreatable'. We're now being instructed to use a two-drug regimen (ceftriaxone + azithromycin/doxycycline) explicitly to limit drug resistance.
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    Mar 14, 2014 5:03 AM GMT
    seafrontbloke saidWhat you haven't explicitly linked this to is the over use / abuse of antibiotics. ...

    The way I heard it explained for how this happens is when people stop taking their antibiotics before they should. For example, you're given 10 days worth of pills, and on day 6 the symptoms go away, but you continue for a few more days stopping on day 9. There could be some bacteria that are still in you and those are the tough guys that survived the antibiotics. Then if you have sex with someone and pass them on you're passing on the "toughened" antibiotic resistant bacteria.

    This apparently happens regularly in countries where antibiotics are easy to get, over the counter.
  • Destinharbor

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    Mar 14, 2014 3:43 PM GMT
    somersault said
    smudgetool said
    somersault saidPfizer shut down it's entire atnibiotic research lab in CT because there's no money in it icon_rolleyes.gif


    And the proof is where? come on. if you're going to shout propaganda, you should know about showing the source. And, what do you mean in CT? That could mean many things in the medical world.


    “Last year, Pfizer, the world’s biggest drug company, closed its Connecticut antibiotics research center, laying off 1,200 workers,” reports The Washington Post. “The company said it was moving the operation to Shanghai. …Pfizer is struggling to open the Chinese facility and has largely abandoned antibiotics.”

    btw CT means Connecticut and CA means California, ME is Maine

    Drug companies are only after the buck these days. I think we should go back to the days when drug advertising was illegal, though that prohibition might have been struck down under the free speech banner. Drug companies now spend more on advertising than research. It used to be that drug companies increased product sales by convincing doctors that they had a new and superior product.
  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Mar 14, 2014 4:10 PM GMT
    Ok im going to make a few comments. I am NOT an MD, i have a MS in bio and clinical org psych. I read the abstract and there is allot of clinical math wrong with it. Not saying its crap but I question the stats involved....no excuse for safer sex. I just find the numbers off.

    Stats maters comment...please. Im not a master in statanyl.
  • seafrontbloke

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    Mar 15, 2014 2:30 AM GMT
    somersault said
    smudgetool said
    somersault saidPfizer shut down it's entire atnibiotic research lab in CT because there's no money in it icon_rolleyes.gif


    And the proof is where? come on. if you're going to shout propaganda, you should know about showing the source. And, what do you mean in CT? That could mean many things in the medical world.


    “Last year, Pfizer, the world’s biggest drug company, closed its Connecticut antibiotics research center, laying off 1,200 workers,” reports The Washington Post. “The company said it was moving the operation to Shanghai. …Pfizer is struggling to open the Chinese facility and has largely abandoned antibiotics.”

    btw CT means Connecticut and CA means California, ME is Maine


    you're right, antibiotics aren't the wildly expensive drugs that make loads of cash - but they still cost loads to invent and get licences. Antibiotics are seen to have a short shelf life because bacteria evolve so quickly.