Aside from scenarios that are likely to involve LSD and unicorns, it’s likely that nobody living (or dead) has ever had anything positive to say about the sexually transmitted disease known as gonorrhea. Until now. Thanks to a study conducted by Oregon State University researchers, it has been found that novel proteins inside and/or around the surface of the bacteria that leads to gonorrhea could actually prove useful as a new source for fighting off gonorrhea itself, which has been demonstrating improved resistance against traditional antibiotics for years.
Described as a race against time, this current rush for an alternative cure responds to a degradation of effective treatments – only one antibiotic is left that still proves effective against gonorrhea. The second most commonly reported infectious disease in the United States, an untreatable gonorrhea would spread quite literally like wildfire across the groins of America.
Studies on the aforementioned proteins could possibly lead to new drugs, a vaccine or even the ability to restore usefulness to older drugs that are no longer effective. According to researchers, the proteins in question are essential to the health growth of the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria (the gonorrhea bacteria). Essentially this new target presents scientists with a new target, and one that’ll definitely hurt when given a proper kick.
The number of reported gonorrhea cases in the United States alone reached 321,849 in 2011, and with 60 million cases of venereal disease being treated worldwide each year… new solutions to old problems are in dire need.
By Johnny Beaver