This has been a rough week for reproductive health. First, we find out that birth control may actually be making us insane. And now we found out that gonorrhea is about to outsmart modern medicine.
For those of us who aren’t pre-med/didn’t pay attention in middle school sex education, gonorrhea is a sneaky STD that usually doesn’t usually produce symptoms in women. Without the proper medical care, it can result in infertility and chronic pelvic pain. I don’t want kids, anyways, but having eternal cramps? No thanks. But luckily, it is also treatable with the use of two fairly common antibiotics, azithromycin and ceftriaxone.
Or so we thought. According to the Center for Disease Control, the number of antibiotic resistant strains of gonorrhea has risen to between 1% and 2.5%. And while those numbers seem tiny, they are double that of the previous year.
So what does this all mean? Basically, gonorrhea may develop into the untreatable super bacteria of our nightmares and overtake the planet. But honestly, unless gonorrhea grows into a small mutant who eats my food and takes my money for 18 years, I don’t think it would be the worst thing that ever resulted from sex. .