Forget everything you thought you knew about the clap, because a new super strain has hit the UK and it has experts very concerned.
A total of 16 cases of drug-resistant gonorrhoea have been diagnosed so far.
Leeds is the city with the highest number of reported cases, 12 so far, and Macclesfield, Oldham, and Scunthorpe have a further four cases between them.
Now while 16 hardly sounds like a high number relative to the UK population, it is worth remembering that is the number of cases spotted so far, and gonorrhoea can quite often go unnoticed.
What has doctors so concerned is the emerging strain appears resistant to the antibiotic azithromycin, which is used in conjunction with ceftriaxone to fight off the infection.
Untreated, or undefeated in the latest cases, gonorrhoea can cause infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, and be passed on to babies during pregnancy.
Basically, if this strain spreads there will be little that can be done to aid sufferers until it’s weakness is identified and a new antibiotic produced.
Sexual health consultant Peter Greenhouse has said:
This azithromycin highly-resistant outbreak is the first one that has triggered a national alert.
It doesn’t sound like an awful lot of people, but the implication is there’s a lot more of this strain out there and we need to stamp it out as quickly as possible.
If this becomes the predominant strain in the UK we’re in big trouble, so we have to be really meticulous in making sure each of these individuals has all their contacts traced and treated.”
So freshers beware: don’t take any added surprises home with you at the end of the night. Use a condom.