Tag: STDs

Gonorrhea Superbug is Resistant to Usual Treatments. Bad News, Sure, But Keep Your Pants On.

By Veronique Greenwood | July 12, 2011 12:59 pm

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What’s the News: Gonorrhea, known in earlier days as the clap, has generally been considered the training wheels of STDs: a young sailor on his first tour of duty would feel a slight burning while urination, get a big shot of penicillin in the infirmary, learn the error of his ways, and start carrying a condom in his wallet.

But after years of warning that drug resistance in STDs was on the way, scientists have now found a strain of the bacterium that stands up to the usual antibiotic treatments, sparking fears that the days of easily banished gonorrhea are over.

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