Health experts send out warning about a new strand of gonorrhea

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 6:59pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 4:30pm

The Center for Disease Control's sending out a warning to everyone.

A newer form of gonorrhea's hitting the United States, including right here in Louisiana. Now health experts are worried. This strand of the disease cannot be treated with normal antibiotics.

This strand of gonorrhea can't be cured by normal treatment. If people aren't careful, it could be life-threatening.

HIV and AIDS are viruses we hear about often quite often here in Baton Rouge with Louisiana being at the top of the list, but a sexually-transmitted infection has experts on their toes.

"That's why it's called "Super Gonorrhea" because even the recommendations from the CDC have proven to be non-effective in some of these forms," Shirley Wade, Nurse Practitioner at Southern University said.

This infection effects more than 800,000 people every year, but this new "super" strand is making it's mark because normal treatment isn't enough.

"If you put someone on a medication regime that they are supposed to take for 10 days and they take it for three days or until they are symptom-free or feel better, then those antibiotics can mutate into another form," Wade said.

Shirley Wade's a nurse practitioner at Southern University. She's been doing this for six years.

"Not just gonorrhea but a lot of infectious diseases people don't continue their treatment," Wade said.

It's something Natalie Cooley's familiar with as well. She works to educate students about the STD prevention at Southern University. So when she heard about this super strand, it didn't surprise her.

"Not at all. No surprises. We talk to them about the whole spectrum of sexually-transmitted infections. We talk about gonorrhea in detail," Cooley said.

If you think you might have the disease, first thing to do, get tested.

"My recommendation would be to get tested, get treated, and to practice safe-sex," Wade said. "Not only to get treated, but get your partner treated, remain safe during your treatment because you still are able to pass the disease along."

Some symptoms include a burning or painful sensation when you go to the bathroom, but most people don't have any symptoms.

For more information on the "super" strand you can go here:
http://www.cdc.gov/std/Gonorrhea/arg/basic.htm#stats 

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