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Gonorrhea As the Next Superbug 456

Posted by timothy
from the lord-have-mrsa dept.
WrongSizeGlass writes "Reuters is reporting that Gonorrhea risks becoming a superbug: 'The sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea risks becoming a drug-resistant "superbug" if doctors do not devise new ways of treating it, a leading sexual health expert said.'"
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Gonorrhea As the Next Superbug

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  • Re:I've got the cure (Score:5, Informative)

    by rubycodez (864176) on Tuesday March 30, 2010 @11:43PM (#31682522)

    wrong, throat gonorrhea is quite common, and transmissible to your penis via oral sex.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 31, 2010 @12:54AM (#31683014)

    The problem lies with Catholics(and people of other faiths which follow the god of the desert) who insist against the benefits of condoms being taught to people who are going to engage in extramarital sex anyway.

  • by Matt Perry (793115) <perry.matt54NO@SPAMyahoo.com> on Wednesday March 31, 2010 @01:01AM (#31683068)

    some asshole sleeps around without a condom, and you are the one responsible for his health bill.

    That was true before the healthcare bill passed. Some asshole that sleeps around without a condom and without insurance could just go to the emergency room, get treated, and the taxpayers have to pay for it. Now that same asshole is required to pay their way or pay a fine. That sounds fair to me.

  • by dunkelfalke (91624) on Wednesday March 31, 2010 @01:28AM (#31683262)

    Wrong. Antibiotics are there to kill off all the non-resistant strains until the amount of bacteria low enough so the immune system can take care of the rest, this way preventing that the resistant strains survive.
    If an antibiotic treatment suddenly stops before all non-resistant strains were killed, the resistant strains survive and multiply and soon become dominant strains.

  • by LordLucless (582312) on Wednesday March 31, 2010 @01:34AM (#31683298)

    Fail [thefreedictionary.com], fail [wikipedia.org], fail [answers.com].

    Hedonism is the pursuit of pleasure. Where you got your definition from, I don't know.

    Fail [healthyplace.com], fail [wikipedia.org], fail [narcissismblog.com].

    Narcissism is a personality trait. Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a psychological condition. The person who took the last coke out of the fridge would be narcissistic - to a degree. There is an element of narcissism in all of us. The OPs use of the term indicates he thought that there is an excess of narcissism in our society, not that he thought everyone was pathologically narcissistic.

    This idea that we somehow have more sex now then in the past is the biggest load of bullcrap. guess what? people fuck, your grandma had he same urges in the 1920's as you have now. the biological drive is exactly the same, it's just socially we are less afraid to express it, so you hear about it more.

    Yeah, it just used to be that people married early, and their impulses tended to be directed more towards a single person (not exclusively, of course, but more so than today). Monogomy tends to retard the spread of STD. It's no coincidence that the rapid spread of STDs coincided with the sexual revolution (and with rapid, affordable intercontinental travel).

  • Re:I've got the cure (Score:3, Informative)

    by VanGarrett (1269030) on Wednesday March 31, 2010 @02:01AM (#31683456) Homepage

    Teaching practices need to promote the ideal circumstances, and count on the opposite. In the case of sexual education, promote abstinence, explain the array of potential consequences (which can occur despite the use of condoms), and make sure they know what their contraceptive options are, as well as how to go about getting them-- After all, even if they don't take this new found knowledge and immediately go out to copulate, this information will still be useful when they get married.

    Really, in a perfect world, the responsibility for teaching children about sex would fall squarely on the parents, but we just can't count on the parents doing that part of their job. Maybe it's because we have horrible parents who are so bad at their tasks because their own parents were no good at it, or maybe it's because our culture regards sex as a generally impolite subject which parents are generally content to ignore. One way or another, we've failed on the whole subject for a couple of generations now, and the consequence is that each successive generation is slightly more loose than the one that came before (on the other hand, I'm not certain that the current youth is quite as promiscuous as the "FREE LOVE" generation of the 60's, but then, I've only born distant witness to the younger of the two). One way or another, something needs to be fixed.

  • Re:I've got the cure (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 31, 2010 @04:26AM (#31684368)

    Sex releases Dopamine and Serotonin and is why you love sex so much. Get some coke, meth or dmt and you can escape the dependency of vagina for those 'good feelings' and also avoid the inevitable headache from her bitching.

    AC? you betcha she might be reading!

  • Re:I've got the cure (Score:3, Informative)

    by Attila Dimedici (1036002) on Wednesday March 31, 2010 @09:28AM (#31686548)

    The numbers don't lie. Trying to pretend teenagers will not have sex does not have sex. Teaching abstinence only and restricting access to birth control methods such as is often seen in fundamentally religious communities leads to more teenage pregnancies, abortions and STD's transmitted, not less.

    Sorry to reply a second time right away, I missed this the first time. According to this study ( http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2010/0202/Abstinence-only-study-could-alter-sex-education-landscape [csmonitor.com] ) you are wrong. This study took kids and randomly assigned them to four groups, each of which received different types of sex education. The abstinence only kids had the lowest rate of beginning sexual activity. It is not in this article, but the study also found that the rate of condom use by those who had sex was statistically similar across all four groups.
    I would agree that restricting access to contraceptives is counterproductive. However, there is a difference between not restricting access to contraceptives and providing contraceptives.

  • by iroll (717924) on Wednesday March 31, 2010 @11:29AM (#31688388) Homepage

    This is not "alternative medical thinking." Alternative Medical Thinking would be making a homeopathic yogurt dilution and believing that the spirit of the yogurt was imprinted on the solvent. Doctors (like Dr. Drew) are professionals, just like programmers. They can be wrong, or behind the times, or attention-grabbing without actually being representative of the state of their field.

    Treating and encouraging your natural bacterial flora is mainstream medicine, and the yogurt trick for encouraging health "down there" is something a lot of doctors will pass along. I can't speak to your personal experience, but anecdotes =/= mainstream medicine. Your family physician will probably also tell you to eat some yogurt when they give you antibiotics to clear up some strep throat or another nasty bacteria, because it'll help replenish the good bacteria in your gut that you have been eliminating, and keep you from getting a monster case of the runs.

    And there are the studies on GM bacteria mouthwashes, to colonize your mouth with bacteria that out-compete your old, cavity-causing flora with something safer. And the studies that show that while we've generally eliminated the bacteria that cause stomach ulcers, we've also caused some downstream problems because those bacteria were part of a balancing act in the ecosystem in there. The bacterial flora are a hot areas of research.

    I'm not a doctor, but I have a degree in bioengineering, and I have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.

  • by juan2074 (312848) on Wednesday March 31, 2010 @11:50AM (#31688666)
    I recommend the book Good Germs, Bad Germs [jessicasachs.com] by Jessica Snyder Sachs. (I'm pretty sure someone else on Slashdot recommended it, which is why I read it.)

    In the past, doctors have given patients innocuous strains of staph or strep to prevent harmful strains (MRSA, etc.) from taking over.

    In our litigious society, a lot of doctors and hospitals in the US won't risk it though.

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