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Untreatable Gonorrhea ‘Superbug’ Spreading Around World, WHO Warns

While the rest of the world worries about diseases like Zika and influenza, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been keeping eye on an epidemic that’s spreading everywhere. The worst of it, according to The Guardian, is that this sexually-transmitted disease (STD) is fast becoming untreatable, due to antibiotic-resistant superbugs. It’s called gonorrhea and the WHO estimates 78 million people get it every year.

Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection that mainly spreads through sexual contact. Men and women with gonorrhea have similar symptoms: The clearest indicator is the presence of penile or vaginal discharge that may have a yellow, green or white color, pain in the genitals, painful urination and needing to urinate more frequently.

Historically, antibiotics were the go-to choice for treating gonorrhea, but with the superbug crisis, new drugs for this disease are fast becoming nonexistent. The threat of antimicrobial resistance is increasing around the globe, and is now in every country in the world. It’s happening because, when we use an antibiotic, a few microbes survive the treatment and eventually become genetically resistant to that antibiotic. In response, scientists have moved on to the next and strongest drug, but as you can see, we’ve just about run out of options.

So, as drug-resistance spreads, what can you do? High-quality colloidal silver may be one answer. The antimicrobial properties of silver have been known for centuries, and silver was commonly used as an antimicrobial agent in wound management until the early 20th century. Its usage only diminished once antibiotics were introduced in the 1940s. Low doses of silver can make antibiotics up to 1,000 times more effective and may even allow an antibiotic to successfully combat otherwise antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Also, use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary; avoid all antibacterial household products and soaps; properly wash your hands to prevent disease; and purchase only organic, antibiotic-free meats and dairy. To help prevent sexually-transmitted diseases specifically, always practice “safe sex,” and make an appointment with your doctor if you think you might have an STD.
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