Gonorrhea Research Paper

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“Mommy, I don’t feel well!” Instantaneously after hearing her child’s complaints of feeling ill, the concerned mother rushes her child to the nearest pediatrician in order for her child to receive the finest antibiotics. This magical medicine results in the sick patient miraculously feeling better in a relatively short amount of time. As a whole, society views antibiotics as life-saving measures, which they most certainly can be, as antibiotics effectively treat diseases that previously killed patients. However, too high of a value has been placed on this magical form of healing. While an increased number of adults now understand the horrors of relying too much on antibiotics, too many individuals, especially those younger or from poorer areas, …show more content…
Diseases once determined to be cured by antibiotics have become more prevalent and incurable once again. Gonorrhea was one of the success stories of antibiotics. Antibiotics cured those infected with the bacteria causing gonorrhea. Angela Woodward reports, “The sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea was easily cured with a single dose of penicillin in the middle of the twentieth century. By the 1970s, penicillin-resistant strains of the disease had become prevalent in Asia, and migrated from there to the rest of the world. Penicillin was no longer used to treat gonorrhea in the United States after 1987” (Woodward, para 4). Gonorrhea remains a serious global health problem today. It is a sexually transmitted infection that was once completely curable with antibiotics. Now, since the antibiotics used to treat gonorrhea have been classified as resistant, those individuals with gonorrhea are at a much higher risk of developing infertility, meningitis, and septicemia (“STD Statistics Worldwide”, para 9-11). This poses a serious threat for the millions of men and women worldwide that have contracted gonorrhea because the antibiotics that were once used to eradicate the disease have been deemed no longer

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