In the 20th century, syphilis was regarded as a “cured” disease. The discovery of antibiotics meant that patients in the early stages of this dreaded venereal infection could be cured by penicillin. The use of condoms also helps to prevent transmission. But what happens if people abuse the medical care and just rely on cheaply available cures, without changing their lifestyle?
Answer: the disease fights back. Now in the 21st century a virulent strain of syphilis has emerged that is resistant to penicillin, and other antibiotics. The more you rely on drugs to control it, the more the bugs evolve to be resistant to the drugs. So now we have a new nightmare: virulent strain syphilis, a rampant disease that cannot just be cured with pills or even injections. And who is spreading it? Homosexual men. Yep those cute little “gays” who always like to appear so young, healthy and handsome, are actually riddled with disease. They are TWELVE times more likely than heterosexuals to get and transmit this vicious new bug.
The reasons are obvious: homosexuals are far more promiscuous than heterosexuals, and far more likely to engage in dangerous practices. Anal penetration harms the body tissues, causing lesions and bruising, through which infection can travel in both directions. Condoms at best only give 80% protection and they encourage people to take 100 times more risks. Condoms are likely to split if used in the anus, which is not anatomically suited to intercourse. Queer men practice mutual penetration, which of course doubles their chances of getting and passing on infection. Some of them have as many as 300 partners in ten years. Those who live together as pairs are rarely if ever monogamous.
If you live in the USA, you will be paying for all their treatment via the new Obamacare. If you live in Europe, where health care is state-funded, you will be paying through your taxes. Either way, it is a nightmare.
A fast-spreading mutant strain of syphilis has proved resistant to the antibiotic pills that are offered to some patients as an alternative to painful penicillin shots.
Since the late 1990s, doctors and public health clinics have been giving azithromycin to some syphilis patients because the long-acting antibiotic pill was highly effective and easy to use. Four pills taken at once were usually enough to cure syphilis.
But now researchers at University of Washington in Seattle have found at least 10 percent of syphilis samples from patients at sexually transmitted disease clinics in four cities had a strain resistant to azithromycin.
Strain is ‘widely distributed geographically’
“That suggests that this mutation is pretty widely distributed geographically,” said Sheila A. Lukehart, research professor of infectious diseases.
The percentage of samples from San Francisco with the mutant strain jumped from 4 percent in 1999-2002 to 37 percent in 2003, with the increase taking place largely among gay or bisexual men with multiple partners. The study was reported in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine.
Experts say doctors should switch to penicillin or other antibiotics if azithromycin does not work. But some of those antibiotics can cause nausea and other side effects and must be taken for two weeks; some patients do not complete their treatment and are not cured.
Experts said the findings also show that syphilis patients treated with azithromycin must have follow-up tests to be sure they are cured. After syphilis sores disappear, the disease can silently attack the brain and cause dementia, paralysis and death.
Penicillin has long been the recommended treatment for syphilis. But it must be given in two buttocks injections much more painful than typical shots, because a large amount of the solution must be forced into the muscle.
Rate of syphilis climbing in U.S.
Syphilis decreased in the United States through the 1990s, then climbed 19 percent from 2000 to 2003 to about 7,100 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC attributed the spike to a twelvefold rise in cases among gay and bisexual men, many of whom are also infected with the AIDS virus. Lukehardt studied 114 syphilis samples from Seattle, San Francisco, Baltimore and Dublin, Ireland, finding 28 percent were resistant to azithromycin, including 88 percent of the Dublin samples.
Dr. John Douglas, director of the CDC’s division of sexually transmitted disease prevention, said the agency is formulating a plan to test for resistant strains in some areas.
Posted on January 9, 2014 by clairethinker