The World Health Organization recently announced that a new “super bug” strain of gonorrhea is growing resistant to treatment with antibiotics and could soon become untreatable. Gonorrhea is the second most common sexually transmitted infection today, just behind chlamydia. While years ago a gonorrhea infection was easily treated with penicillin, the bacteria’s adaptability has made it resistant to many types of antibiotics. Mutations that enable the bacteria to survive antibiotic treatments then quickly spread their genes, making treatments more difficult. Experts claim that an overuse of antibiotics, as well as the use of the wrong antibiotics has led to the development of the super bug.
Again, the answer is here is sex education. We need to educate people about the risks of sexually transmitted infections and help them understand how to protect themselves. In addition to this, we need a positive approach to sexuality that includes the discussion of sexual pleasure, needs, and desires. Without this, individuals will be unable to communicate about sex and rates of sexually transmitted infections will continue to increase.