A new strain of gonorrhoea superbug called H041 has appeared in Japan and is resistant to all current recommended antibiotics.  Experts warn it could become a world-wide STD threat to health within 10 years.

Once an easily treatable sexually-transmitted disease in the 1940s, when antibiotics were first used to treat gonorrhoea, it was observed that the gonorrhea bacterium (gonococci) rapidly develops antibiotic resistance.  This new strain is now resistant to cephalosporin antibiotics - the last antibiotics which are in a doctor’s armoury to treat gonorrhea.

Doctors are left with no other option than to try untested medicines to combat H041.  Carbapenems, not yet tested on gonorrhoea, is the most powerful family of antibiotics yet developed and remains the last option currently available for treating this new strain.

Gonorrhea is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection and if left untreated can lead to infertility in men and women and even be life threatening if it reaches the blood or joints.

The infection, commonly known as 'the clap', is prevalent among 16-24 year olds who made up almost half the 16,500 new reported cases of gonorrhoea in 2008.

Advice from the sexual health charity FPA is, prevention is better than cure.  Using condoms is highly recommended.


# Scottish republic 2011-07-12 08:53
Gone are the Caligulan excesses of the car-key sex parties in the 1970s; replaced by disease and a risk of mortal disease.
# Caadfael 2011-07-12 09:16
Given the well known anti bacterial effects of silver and the proclivity of the afforementioned group for peircings of all sorts in all places...............!!
I leave it to your imagination!
# enneffess 2011-07-12 11:01
Better cancel my mid-life crisis appointment for this afternoon then! :p
# Saltire Groppenslosh 2011-07-12 14:02
Good gordon highlanders! I'm glad my teenage years were in the 70's, I'd have still been a virgin otherwise!
# Mad Jock McMad 2011-07-12 14:31
Here we go again yet another life ending STD for the moralists to cry 'God's vengeance' in what ever form suits them.

In 1970 there was a strain of Gonorrhoea called 'Saigon Rose' that was 'untreatable' by standard antibiotics and I remember giving a briefing to sailors on the way into Mobassa in 1981 about the dangers of frequenting the 'cheaper ladies of leisure without wearing wellies' especially as a flotilla of the US Indian Ocean Fleet had been there on R'n'R a month before whose previous port of call had been Thailand.

It was no surprise when three days out of port a major outbreak of gonorrhoea occurred on one of the frigates. We treated it with maximum wartime level dose penicillin 'IM' in one buttock and probenicid (to reduce the rate of kidney swill out of penicillin) in the other. All cases cleared up in seven days with no residual infection. We air lifted swabs to the RN Medical Research Establishment and were not surprised eight days later to be told it was the 'untreatable' strain and we should casevac all the effected sailors. We then sent back a further set of swabs to confirm our own 8 day results and they came back disease free as did the four week tests.

An amusing aside was the wrong Leading Hand 'Smith' came in and looked a bit surprised when ordered to drop his trollies and got the double 'whammy'. A week later the same Leading Hand stopped me in 'Burma Way' to thank me, saying he was a bit surprised having the injections but it had certainly sorted out the chronic sty the LMA had been treating with ointment for weeks with no success!

If sex stopped every time one of these 'claims' are made the human race would have died out years ago. :-)
# Scottish republic 2011-07-13 17:27
I think the safest thing to do is to outlaw sex for people under tha age of 25.
# enneffess 2011-07-14 17:03
Get out the wire brush and dettol!!

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