Medical Minute: Untreatable ‘Super Gonorrhea’ On the Rise

A new untreatable form of gonorrhea, called “super gonorrhea” is infecting people all over the world. This new strain is mainly spread by oral sex, and there is no treatment.

This new strain was developed after doctors misdiagnosed it for strep throat and began overprescribing antibiotics. Researchers say the bacteria has gotten smarter and adapted quickly to resist standard treatment.

The super strain of gonorrhea is resistant to all antibiotics, including the last line of defense — azthromycin (AZT) and ceftriaxone antibiotics.

Gonorrhea usually infects 78 million people per year. It commonly affects the genitals, rectum and throat.

Patients infected with gonorrhea usually have no symptoms. But if left untreated, gonorrhea can cause abdominal and genital pain and a smelly discharge from the genitals. Also common is fever, frequent urge to urinate, irregular menstruation, or sore throat and difficulty swallowing.

Gonorrhea is the 2nd most commonly spread STD in America. It can increase the risk of HIV infection and can be spread from mother to child during childbirth.

The NY Daily News reports that 3 new antibiotics are in the pipeline, but it is not known when those drugs will reach the market.

The standard cautions still apply: use condoms and gels, or practice abstinence if you are not married.

Bill deBlasio, Religion

NY Mayor De Blasio OK’s Rabbi’s Bizarre Circumcision Ritual


NY Mayor Bill De Blasio made good on a campaign promise to NY’s Jewish leaders allowing rabbis to continue a bizarre circumcision ritual that caused 16 cases of Herpes infection in baby boys.

The ritual, called Metzitzah B’Peh, involves a rabbi — called a “mohel” — performing circumcisions on a baby boy, then using their mouths to suck the blood from the baby’s penis.

NY health officials say 2 of the 16 babies died from complications caused by Herpes, and 2 more boys suffered brain damage.

During his campaign, De Blasio promised to lift a regulation that required parents to sign a form giving their mohel permission to perform the ritual circumcision. But Jewish leaders decried the regulation as an affront to their religion.

According to The New York Observer, only one family turned in a form to the health department since the regulation was put into place.