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sex superbug 


Sex superbug is a popular term for any strain of Neisseria gonorrhoeae* resistant to “big guns” antibiotics reserved for treatment-resistant bacterial infections.

*The bug that causes gonorrhoea. A flock of flakeheads at Associated Press–AP jumped on a story about antibiotic resistance in N gonorrhoeae and put an alarmist spin to it, resulting in good copy with bad information. The global press–e.g., Daily Mail,, Times of India, and countless others ran with the term (sex superbug) until AP sheepishly retracted the story based on a balanced assessment by public health officials that, Yes there are bugs–e.g., H11S8, HO41, that are resistant to first- and second-line antibiotics, but no, the sky is not falling quite yet



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