Given the modern miracle of antibiotic drugs that have made most bacterial infections a minor issue that can be solved with a prescription from a local physician, it's important to know that this is not always the case.
Concerns about HIV infection has been a priority for parents, physicians and public health groups working with sexually active teens and young adults, but those venturing beyond a mutually faithful monogamous relationship should be aware of the dangers of other sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea, which can evolve into antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”
Superbugs are strains of bacteria that are resistant to several types of antibiotics.* This is possible due to the how quickly the genetic material of these diseases diversify when they multiply. If a genetic mutation allows the bacteria to survive the prescribed antibiotics, this genetically superior strain will continue to multiply within the host & be spread between people unchecked until new antibiotics are created.
Compounding the issue is how sexually transmitted diseases can be spread via bodily fluids despite not showing symptoms until later stages of infection. Starting with one individual unaware of infection, within a few physical encounters all partners are at risk of becoming infected themselves, just as oblivious as the initial host is to being infected. CNBC cites Alan Christianson in stating that "[An antibiotic resistant strain of gonorrhea] might be a lot worse than AIDS in the short run because the bacteria is more aggressive and will affect more people quickly."**
To be protected from the ever-changing landscape of sexually transmitted diseases, people must be certain about their decisions and the risks that come with them. All it takes to be infected is a transfer of bodily fluids with an individual unaware of his or her infection. Statistically, the way to completely avoid the burden of constantly evolving viral & bacterial infections is to abstain from activity in which bodily fluids are exchanged or to be faithful to one uninfected partner, for life.
Paterson Free Teens
Crystal Clear Scholarship Award Benefit
You are invited to join us at our Crystal Clear Award Benefit,
honoring LoveSmart Teens taking a stand
for their families, futures and communities!
Witness the Crowning of the Free Teens 2014 Princess,
Celebrate Our Teens receiving Awards for Community Service.
Enjoy Entertainment and much more!
Saturday, June 14, 2014
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hamilton & Ward Steakhouse
101 Ward St.
Admission: $ 30 Adults, $ 15 Children (10 years & under)
Lutrisha Wilson 973-356-3571
Tamika Wiggins 973-816-7890
Linda Canty 862-899-9419
Wanda Phillips 862-686-8410
The Institute for Relationship Intelligence reaches urban & suburban youth in NY/NJ with messages of healthy relationships, self-leadership and service to others. In the last decade, I.R.I. has reached more than 100,000 youth, helping them to focus on achieving their future dreams and avoiding the traps that could endanger their lives and goals!