10/11/2012 07:50 am ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea: Is The Antibiotic Era Coming To An End? (VIDEO)

It really is as scary as it sounds. Gonorrhea is the newest superbug. Could it become the next AIDS?

If you've never heard of a superbug before, you may want to sit down. It's a bit of an oversimplification, but bacteria and other infectious agents earn superbug status once they've developed resistance to a number of medications originally designed to wipe them out (like antibiotics). Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (commonly called MRSA) falls into that category. And perhaps the newest member of the superbug family? Gonorrhea.

Yes, gonorrhea has earned superbug status, as it is now resistant to all but one drug. I spoke with Maryn McKenna, author and expert on infectious diseases, to learn about the frightening future of this common STD.

To learn more, watch the video above or read the transcript by clicking the link below. And don't forget to participate in the comment thread at the bottom of the page. Come on, talk nerdy to me!


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