New 'sex super bug' could be worse than AIDS

Published On: May 06 2013 03:37:07 PM EDT
Updated On: May 06 2013 03:44:12 PM EDT

Scientists are sounding the alarm on an aggressive sexual transmitted diseases, dubbed a sex superbug, because of its resistant to antibiotics.

Health officials confirmed two people have contracted the antibiotics resistant strain of gonorrhea in Hawaii, reports CNBC.com

The resistant strain, called H041, was first discovered in 2011 in Japan. Doctors are now warning that H041 has the potential to be as deadly as the AIDS virus.

"This might be a lot worse than AIDS in the short run because the bacteria are more aggressive and will affect more people quickly. Getting gonorrhea from this strain might put someone into septic shock and death in a matter of days. This is very dangerous," said Alan Christianson, a doctor of naturopathic medicine.

CNBC says the first case of H041 was reported in the United States last May in Hawaii. Now, the sex superbug has surfaced in California and Norway.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention estimates that 20 million new people become infected with an STD in the United States each year.

The CDC says either abstaining from sex or always using protection along with regular checkups from a doctor can help reduce risk and exposure.



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