Just Kidding! That Sex Superbug Is Not About To Sweep Our Genitals

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That potentially deadlier than AIDS sex superbug that you were up all night worrying about was so not worth losing any sleep over. Well, at least not this week. According to Dr. Kimberly Workowski, a professor of infectious disease, “The sky is not falling — yet.” Don’t worry, you fatalists, the sky will fall eventually, but our current state of panic over the superbug is all a big mixup, according to NBC News.

You see, last week, the Associated Press reported that a rare strain of gonorrhea known as HO41 had been detected in Hawaii and was going to spread like wildfire through our genitals. But actually, the gonorrhea strains in Hawaii were the H11S8 strain, resistant to a different drug, but still treatable. Just to reiterate: no cases of the HO41 strain have been detected since 2009.

But don’t get too relaxed, because HO41  is, in fact, untreatable, as are a few other isolated cases of gonorrhea around the world. So, basically, expect the sex superbug to start attacking our genitals in the near-ish future. Experts have predicted that we have a year or two before we really have to panic.

In the meantime, you have to use protection anyway because of other STIs. So, I suppose, carry on as you were. [NBC News]

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