Gonorrhoea has now become a super bug that is becoming more and more resistant to treatment’s according to WHO.
But maybe there is hope after all.
As there is now talks about a vaccine for some other disease that might now prove helpful against gonorrhoea.
By acting as a basis upon which a gonorrhoea treatment can be manufactured.
The vaccine, originally developed to stop an outbreak of meningitis B, was given to about a million adolescents in New Zealand between 2004 and 2006.
The bacterium that causes meningitis, Neisseria meningitidis, is a very close relative of the species that causes gonorrhoea – Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
It appears the Men B jab was giving “cross-protection” against gonorrhoea.
Dr Helen Petousis-Harris, one of the researchers, said: “This is the first time a vaccine has shown any protection against gonorrhoea.
“At the moment, the mechanism behind this immune response is unknown, but our findings could inform future vaccine development.”
So the big question is, could this vaccine serve as a foundation for the treatment of gonorrhoea in the future?
According to Dr Teodora Wi, from the WHO: “There are high hopes that now there’s going to be some cross-protection.
“We are still a long way before we develop a vaccine for gonorrhoea, but we have now some evidence that it is possible.”