17 June 2016
REPORTS that some strains of gonorrhoea have shown resistance to treatment should be taken as a stern warning to anyone who is sexually active.
Given that an official from World Health Organisation said this type of strain had exhausted all types of antibiotics and there was nothing else to use to treat it except juggling combinations of existing medicines, it is almost safe to conclude that there is an incurable STI out there that is not HIV.
Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a bacteria and care has to be taken to avoid this disease by properly using condoms in the wake of increase in STI cases being reported in the country.
The WHO official stated that the notorious gonorrhoea was very expensive to treat therefore it is much better to avoid the infection than try the expensive options of treating it.
Like he said, â€œas the disease resists treatment, the costs for treatment shoots up and it is serious with the notorious gonorrhoea.â€
People have been infecting each other with STIs and this has been a constant cause of divorce, breakups and fights among couples.
We are constantly reading about people (usually women) complaining about their partners deliberately infecting them with sexually transmitted infections.
Over 10 000 sexually transmitted infections (STI) were recorded in Harare during the second quarter of 2015 and they are a serious cause for concern.
Of concern also is the fact that more women are infected with STIs than men â€“ at least according to the statistics. Of the aforementioned 10 193 cases that were recorded, 6 340 were from women and 3 853 were recorded in men around Harare. Are more women infected or men are not getting treatment?
The cases of STIs keep rising and Harare usually records the highest number of cases across the country considering the city has more access to sex education and health institutions than other provinces.
Add the fact that there were, on average, over 2 000 repeat cases of STIs every quarter where the same people who had been treated earlier are infected again by an STI and you have clear evidence that people are not learning from their mistakes.
The counselling given to STI patients should increase if these recurrent statistics are anything to go by.
People should also be taught not to be over-dependent on contraceptives like condoms for protection. It is a fact that no contraceptive is 100 percent reliable and people who wish to protect themselves from STIs and or plan their families must be aware of this fact.
Most contraceptives are fairly reliable â€“ some more reliable than others while some depend on individuals â€“ but they must be used properly and consistently.
The condom for example â€“ which is the contraceptive relevant to preventing STIs â€“ has a two percent failure rate, when used properly that is.