In recent years, plenty of articles have been written about the dangers of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs," disease-causing bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites too evolved for standard courses of treatment. One making headlines is the so-called super gonorrhea, a variation that has developed a resistance to the most widely used medications formerly used to treat the infection.
Many of these stories make a mass wave of untreatable gonorrhea seem just around the corner, waiting to wreak havoc on the sexually active. In a media landscape where fear-mongering headlines get clicks, we're constantly inundated with stories speculating what the next big crisis will be. Some of these do have merit—journalists writing about the grave potential threat of COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic have since been vindicated by history—but others die in obscurity (remember the 2012 Mayan calendar panic?).
So what's the deal with super gonorrhea? Is it an inevitable plague or just hot air?
An ever-adapting infection