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Unprotected Oral Sex Is Leading To A Rise In Untreatable STDs

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It's easy to forget that using protection when it comes to sex isn't just to prevent you getting pregnant, but also to stop you getting an STI. Which means that your protection can't just be limited to condoms - you gotta get out those dental dams, ladies. We don't want to put you off your afternoon delight, but the World Health Organisation have discovered that an untreatable kind of gonorrhoea is spreading through lack of protection when it comes to oral sex.

According to the World Health Organization, oral ​sex is producing a dangerous gonorrhoea that is untreatable, and it's due to the decline of condom use. They are warning that this type of gonorrhoea is rapidly developing a resistance to antibiotics with experts saying that there are few new drugs on the horizon, meaning that it's becoming increasingly hard - and in some cases impossible - to treat.

Gonorrhoea affects around 78 million people each year and if left untreated can have some serious effects on your health, including uncomfortable pain in the pelvis, testicles and prostate. In women, it can cause ectopic pregnancies and infertility. As well as the genitals, gonorrhoea can also affect the anus and throat - the latter of which experts are most worried about.

Dr Teodora Wi, who works for WHO, told the BBC that ingesting antibiotics for any ailments orally could lead to bacteria in the back of the throat, including gonorrhoea, leading to a resistance to treatment, which in turn can lead to a type of super-gonorrhoea that can't be taken down by antibiotics.

"When you use antibiotics to treat infections like a normal sore throat, this mixes with the Neisseria species in your throat and this results in resistance," Dr Wi said. "Thrusting gonorrhoea bacteria into this environment through oral sex can lead to super-gonorrhoea."

The symptoms of gonorrhoea in women include an unusual, yellowish vaginal discharge, bleeding between periods, and a burning sensation when you pee. A tenderness or pain in your lower abdomen might also be present, but it's less common.



The World Health Organisation are requesting that a vaccination be developed to help stop the spread of the STI, but in the meantime, just keep some form of contraception in your handbag at all times ladies - because it's always better to be safe than sorry.

What do you think of this super gonorrhoea - scary right? Let us know! @sofeminineUK

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