Rise of the Super Bugs against Oral Sex
I was once in a class in university where my lecturer said, “Sex isn’t between two people. There are millions of other participants.” She was talking about microorganisms.
Last week, we got to know that antibiotic resistant gonorrhoea bacteria has been identified. How does antibiotic resistance happen?
Antibiotic resistance happens when organisms are not susceptible to a particular drug/antibiotic. There are several factors responsible for this, including the indiscriminate use of antibiotic, resulting in a really big problem that many people seem not to be bothered about. I read a tweet on social media about using herbs if drugs do not work, but are herbs not drugs? A lot antibiotics are actually isolated from plants and with the way herbs are not standardized, it is only a matter of time before we start noticing resistance to herbs.
There was a time Chloroquine was the popular drug for the treatment of malaria. Then it became less effective. Jingles of antimalarial drug Amalar used to be popular. These days, Lonart is reigning. The change in the potent drugs for the treatment of malaria is not because there’s been a change in the constituent of these drugs or that they are no longer making ‘original’. These drugs are no longer as effective because the organism that causes malaria has evolved, it is smarter and it has learnt to develop resistance to these drugs. In a couple of years, Lonart (Artemether/Lumefantrine combination) will no longer be effective, because of resistance. If a new drug is not found on time, this will mean a higher mortality rate. Can you imagine a world with no cure to malaria?
Many people consider oral sex to be safe sex. Sexual Gratification? Check. No pregnancy? Check? No STD? Hold on.
A person can have gonorrhoea or other STDs without showing any symptom. During oral sex the organism can get transferred to the throat of the giving partner where it stays and thrives. The infection (pharyngeal gonorrhoea) it causes in the throat is not severe and the body may be able to fight it off without medication. At the time these organisms stay in the throat, the body is exposed to different antibiotics, from self-medicated ones to the ones prescribed to treat other infections. Microorganisms are smart and as they get exposed to non-lethal doses of antibiotics, they learn and develop mechanisms to avoid being susceptible to them. During oral sex, these microorganisms (now smarter) can be transferred to a person where it can cause gonorrhoea (or other STDs) that is resistant to currently available antibiotics.
So, do you stop giving head?
While googling to find out “how to have safe oral sex,” I came across dental dams for cunnilingus and anilingus. It is apparently used by dentists during dental operations and I doubt that it would be easy to come by in Nigeria. There’s apparently a way to make it, and condoms can be used while performing fellatio. There’s also claims that using a mouth wash after performing oral sex on someone can significantly reduce the number of organisms in the mouth and throat.