It’s STI/Condom Awareness Week! I find it mildly amusing that it is during Valentine’s Week. Am I trying to be a buzz-kill? Maybe… Nah. In reality, I just want to minimise the number of people I deal with who have STIs. It’s hella embarassing for them, and I’d much rather treat a strep throat.
So in all honesty, I also tend to shut down when somebody starts talking about STIs and condoms. We’ve heard it all.
But maybe not. Funny thing about gonorrhoea: Initially it was treated with penicillin. About ten years down the line, it became resistant. So we moved on to the various cephalosporins. Yay for pharmacology!
Last year, a strain was cultured from a Japanese man which was completely resistant to all cephalosporins.
So what’s next?
There isn’t something next. We don’t yet have a drug that can treat these resistant bacteria.