Antibiotics were an accidental and fortunate discovery that forever changed medicine, and now there the World Health Organization has discovered a new Antibiotic that could possibly cure the threatening sexually transmitted infection Gonorrhea. Here are some facts related with this:

Antibiotics and its history

The definition of antibiotic means “to inhibit growth and life,” which may sound cruel and depressing, but has been a historic mark for science in 1929, when P. notatum, a fungus, accidentally contained bacterial appearance. Since then, a lot of medications have been used and maybe, used too much.

The unnecessary intake of these drugs causes the bacteria to become more accurate and acquire resistance against the treatments available.

Additionally to that, new medications are difficult to be produced and not monetary-interesting, creating the concept of what we call super bacteria (an organism that isn’t contained with the most resourceful medications existent). Some infections can become untreatable once drug resistance escalates and threatens our way of living in the near future.

The new antibiotics

To further discuss this subject, a survey according to the World Health Organization (WHO) states that each year an estimated 78 million people are infected with Gonorrhea. It is a much harder and almost impossible to treat the infectious disease.

Although, to everyone’s relief, a new antibiotic (still in testing and with a long way to go) has been synthesized and proves itself efficient for the treatment of patients with drug resistant gonorrhea.

The sexual transmitted disease is listed in the WHO as a high priority infection, in reason of being highly contagious and widely prevalent worldwide.

Complications to this infection can lead also to ectopic pregnancy and increased risk of HIV. Luckily, the new molecule also appears to combat the bacteria with small doses of ATB.

Unfortunately, as positive as the finding can be, some specialists, like Claudia Estcourt - member of the UK Sexual Health and HIV planning – point out that many steps still need to be taken before the pharmaceutical patent can be distributed and the medication starts to be used for patients.

What this means

In conclusion, this finding represents an innovation for medical treatment after a long time of stagnancy in this field of research, making sure we can rest calmly for some more time.