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02 April 2010 :: 10:04:24 am 17280

Gonorrhea Mutating Into Superbug Especially In SEAsia

Of vital interest to the majority of Pattaya folk is the news that gonorrhea aka ‘the clap’ is almost certain to transmute into a drug-resistant "superbug" if medics don’t find new ways of treating it, leading medics say. And sadly, this is NOT an April Fool’s spoof.
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Gonorrhea is a common bacterial sexually-transmitted infection and if not treated will almost certainly result in pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility in women.

Another sad fact for Pattaya dwellers, at least for the sexually active bar flies, is that the highest incidences of gonorrhea are in South and Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The most vulnerable ages are between 15 to 49, but don’t you ‘young geriatrics’ start becoming complacent, especially if your sexual partners are within that age range and you have a penchant for ‘riding bareback’ or nor wearing a condom; a habit especially prevalent among Thais and not a few farang, research indicates! That age range vulnerability, incidentally, is the same for the most common forms of ‘currently curable’ STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases), like syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis, with an estimated 340 million new cases annually.

You’ll notice I say, ‘currently curable’, because the normal treatment for gonorrhea, for example, is a one-off dose of the antibiotics cefixime or ceftriaxone, which is currently effective, BUT there are insidious signs that gonorrhea is becoming impervious or resistant, at least to cefixime.

Not only that, but like the AIDS virus, gonorrhea appears to be highly adaptable. The worst case scenario of this adaptability is what is currently happening in Japan, a new strain of gonorrhea, Neisseria, is becoming impervious to multiple drugs i.e. it’s becoming a “superbug”. Japan isn’t the only place, either, Australia, Hong Kong, China, and other parts of Asia are also seeing cases of this super-gonorrhea and even if Pattaya isn’t mentioned specifically, you’ll notice these locales are where many of the sexual athletes commonly seen in bars here come from, need I say more?

Remember, the prettier the girl, the more partners she’s had, so one option is to only go with really, really ugly ones! Another option if you’ve caught the clap, which is ALWAYS prevalent in Fun City, is to double the dose of the antibiotic, use two different antibiotics at the same time, or try the new drugs coming out on the market, or, better still, but somewhat boring, WEAR A CONDOM, or to be really safe, TWO!

Reporter: Mark Battle (Roving Reporter)

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