'Sex Superbug’ Could Be Deadlier Than AIDS: Here’s What You Need to Know

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Sex is a strange thing. It's one of the most wonderfully intimate and bonding experiences we can share with someone. And ... it can kill you. I KNOW. Such a paradox. With every person we find super attractive and want to get to know better -- especially between the sheets -- we have to also take on certain risks. And those risks can be deadly! It's crazy! Who thought up this sex thing? Really got it wrong in my opinion. Anyway. Point is, there's a new "superbug" out there in sex land and experts fear it's going to be deadlier than AIDS! Ack, bring me my chastity belt!

Two cases of the "sex superbug" have been found in Hawaii. So I know where I'm NOT going on vacation. (Ha. Little joke.) The superbug, which is an antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea, has the potential to be as deadly or even deadlier than AIDS. It first surfaced in Japan a couple of years ago, but has since spread to Hawaii.

And unlike AIDS, this superbug can kill you in a matter of days. Not only that, people often don't have symptoms, so someone could pass it along to you without knowing they have it.

Besides no sex, safe sex is the best way to avoid sexually transmitted diseases, but I'm just going to be honest here. After you think you're seeing someone exclusively, the condoms usually come off. Whether it's a week, a month, six months, or a year, eventually, they come off. I don't know too many exclusive couples wearing condoms. So it's important that you get tested before they do. I don't care that you've been seeing the guy for months and he's told you everything, and blah blah blah. He may not even know he has it. YOU may not even know you have it.

I know how hard it is to be in a relationship and even consider the possibility that someone might be cheating. But that happens too. I think of a friend of mine whose husband recently gave her an STD. They had three kids and had been married over a decade. She TRUSTED him. Still ... not too many people are going to use condoms who are married.

So I say ... talk with your spouse. Make it clear, "I don't want you cheating. If I find you cheating, we're done." (Or whatever you want to say.) But then tell him about this superbug that could wipe you both out in days! Tell him condoms are a MUST if he cheats. Is that condoning cheating? I think it's just being realistic. And, hey, if you want to use them too, there's some fun condoms out there. Then you don't have to worry about it. 

Honestly, it's all enough to make you want to join a monastery. But since most of us don't want to do that, take a deep breath, relax, realize the chances of you getting this if you and your partner are very careful are slim. And then put a GPS device on his shoe. Kidding! (Sorta.)

Are you scared of the superbug?


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Serab... Serabelle

Just read about this, it's a false report. The case in question was a different form of gonorrhea than the killer one, it was drug resistant, but not the super scary one first reported. That form hasn't been seen anywhere in the world since 2009, so people shouldn't freak out. But people should make sure to be safe!

mamav... mamavaness

lol i have been married 3 years and i use condoms still. im not afraid my husband is cheating, i use them because its our only form of birth control lol. i hated being on the pill, i gained like 15pounds, so we use condoms :) im personally not afraid of the superbug but its scary to think something like that is out there. hopefully people protect themselves.

nonmember avatar pg

Not to be persnickety, but if it's deadly in a few days then going condomless after a matter of months may be safe after all, right?

I'm not saying you shouldn't get tested, GET TESTED for everything!

miche... micheledo

Um, besides no sex, a monogamous relationship is the only other one that wil ldefinitely protect you. Safe sex (HA) reduces your odds quite a bit.



And NO, I am not worried about it. Hopefully my children will have the same values as their dad and I. Otherwise, I guess this is a risk you need to be willing to take when you have sex!

Kay Karen Lambert

Chapter 33 of Hillary Johnson's: Osler's Web: Inside the Labyrinth of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Epidemic is "HIV-NEGATIVE AIDS."

Neenyah Ostrom's book "America's Biggest Cover-up: 50 More Things...CFS & Its Link To AIDS" cites: "Some CFS Patients May Be Non-HIV AIDS Cases."

Will CFS ever make any progress unless we acknowledge this fact?

Published 12 times on 4 continents, my life w/ NON HIV AIDS:

www.ukprogressive.co.uk/the-aids-like-disease-seldom-mentioned/article20891.html

Or simply google “NON HIV AIDS”

the4m... the4mutts

Even after 5 yrs with my s/o, I still get a full STD pannel every year. My last OB tried to refuse the tests, saying that I wasnt "high risk" enough to warrant my insurance paying for them. I had to get in his face and tell him that just because I am in a steady relationship, does not mean that I am STUPID enough to trust my own personal health to any man, simply because I dont think he has cheated. I told him that advocating any patient to skip testing based on 2nd hand knowledge of a man he had never met was idiotic and irresponsible for a medical professional.


 


Whether this latest strain is something that the general population needs to worry about or not, idk. But I DO know that I will NEVER skip getting my yearly STD tests, and neither should anyone else.

nonmember avatar Jen

And people wonder why I look down on nonmonogamous couples. Why should I respect people who think with their genitals instead of their brains?

Andre... Andreamom001

No, I am not worried.  I am not married, so I am not having sex.  Sex is a beautiful expression of love and intimacy designed to bond a married man and woman, not a toy to be used indiscriminantly.  Even condoms don't protect 100%, so if you misuse sex, you must accept the risks of disease, unwanted pregnancies, and death.


Abstain until marriage, and not only will you be safe, you will ahve a truly special way to express your love to your spouse.

LaToya Shawn

ahdreamom- yeah, and if your husband cheats, dont worry, marriage protects you!!


pft. just get STD tests ladies. married or not. and use condoms until you're committed.

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