In May, 2013, CNBC reported that a super strain of Gonorrhea more deadly than AIDS had been found in the United States and could pose an extreme health risk. The report, which has since been amended with information from a CDC press release, stated that the strain, first discovered in Japan, had made it's way to Norway, California and Hawaii.
The STD super bug, or H014, is definitely a disease to be taken seriously even if it has not reached the United States. Its antibiotic resistance is what got it put in the same category as the superbugs MRSA and CRE, and this particular strain of Gonorrhea has the potential to kill half of those infected with it within a matter of days.
Alan Christiansen, a Director of Neuropathic Medicine said "This might be a lot worse than AIDS in the short run because the bacteria is more aggressive and will affect more people quickly," in his interview with CNBC.
Becoming infected with Gonorrhea can have numerous long term health effects, some of which can be life threatening, and the disease only presents symptoms in 5% of men and 50% of women. Scientists and government health agencies world wide remain concerned for a potential wide spread outbreak.
No cases have been recorded since the initial 31 year old woman in Japan in 2009, according to the CDC press report in May 2013.
While that is good news to hear, it is recommended that individuals continue to practice safe sex and get tested regularly.