The latest strain of gonorrhea cannot always be treated with antibiotics. Currently, three people are officially suffering from“Super Gonorrhea” (Science Daily, 2017); but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are 18 diseases that could lead to world health crises as bacteria becomes increasingly drug resistant (CDC, 2017). This is a global issue. Exposure to drug resistant bacteria is becoming far more common. This could eventually cause previously preventable or treatable diseases to become deadly.
How Does it Happen?
Antibiotics and similar drugs, together called antimicrobial agents, have treated infectious diseases for 70 years (Science Daily, 2017). Since the 1940s, these drugs have greatly reduced illness and death. However, overuse of the drugs has lead to resistance. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria adapt; reducing or eliminating the effectiveness of agents designed to cure or prevent infections. The bacteria survive and continue to multiply, causing more harm. Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. At least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections (Science Daily, 2017).
What Can You Do?
Start by caring.
Gonorrhoea can be prevented through safer sexual practices, more specifically, proper and consistent use of condoms.
Develop the ability to recognize the symptoms of gonorrhoea and other sexually transmitted infections, and seek care.
Get tested. It’s not dirty. It’s not a reflection of your morals. Get tested.
General Tips? I have those too.
If you wouldn’t feed a dog fish food, then you shouldn’t take antibiotics for viruses. Are you aware that colds, flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis are caused by viruses? Did you know that antibiotics do not help fight viruses? It’s true. Plus, taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment.
Get your shots. It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it. Vaccines can protect both the people who receive them, and those they contact. Vaccines are responsible for containing many infectious diseases that were once common in this country and around the world. Examples include polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), mumps, tetanus, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). Over the years, vaccines have prevented countless cases of infectious diseases and saved millions of lives.
Wash your hands. Cleaning your hands is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness. Regular hand cleaning, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.