You’ve spent much of your life afraid of what could happen if you were infected with HIV. But then, with the advancement of drugs and the end of AIDS as a death sentence, we find that any relief we might have experienced was only short-lived.
Doctors are finding a new form of gonorrhea that is not only resistant to all available treatments, but it’s considered to be worse than AIDS.
Gonorrhea HO41 is the name of the new infection, and it was found two years ago in a Japanese sex worker. According to William Smith from the US National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD), the potential for danger is tremendous.
“It’s an emergency situation,” Mr. Smith told CNBC. “As time moves on, it’s getting more hazardous.”
However, the report noted slow progress was made in ensuring the respect of human rights, securing access to HIV services for people most at risk of HIV infection, particularly people who use drugs, and in preventing violence against women and girls.
Besides, gender inequality, punitive laws and discriminatory actions are continuing to hamper national responses to HIV and concerted efforts are needed to address the sepersistent obstacles to the scale-up of HIV services for people most in need, the report said.
The disease is currently in Japan, for the most part, and it hasn’t killed anyone. But doctors are concerned that it could spread and they know they cannot fight it if it does.
“That’s what’s kind of scary about this. We are at lows in terms of infections, but this strain is a very tricky bug and we don’t have anything medically to fight it right now.”
Currently, the NCSD has asked for millions from the federal government in order to fight off the disease. They say that if they don’t get help now, it’s going to be incredibly expensive to treat here in the US.
“This might be a lot worse than Aids in the short run because the bacteria is more aggressive and will affect more people quickly,” Dr. Alan Christianson told CNBC.
“Getting gonorrhea from this strain might put someone into septic shock and death in a matter of days,” he said.