Scary strain of Kyoto clap has Tokyo sex workers on verge of panic

Shukan Jitsuwa July 5
Shukan Jitsuwa July 5

On June 6, the World Health Organization reported that a new mutant strain of gonorrhea, first identified in Japan, was spreading worldwide. The strain does not appear to respond to conventional treatment by antibiotics.

According to Shukan Jitsuwa (July 5) the first incidence of the new strain was reported at a conference of researchers in Quebec, Canada. Named H041, it was discovered in a specimen taken from the throat of a female worker at a sex shop in Kyoto in 2009.

“The most effective treatment for gonorrhea, the Cephalosporin group of antibiotics, don’t work against H041,” says a medical writer. “Researchers are warning that if infection becomes widespread there won’t be any means of treatment.”

“In males, after a dormant period of from two to nine days, an infected person will feel such symptoms as pain during urination and may excrete pus from the genitals,” Dr. Kiichi Inoue, director of the Setagaya Inoue Hospital, tells the magazine. “But often in the case of females no symptoms will be evident. Nevertheless the infection can spread, causing female sterility. Some men just try to pass it by taking diuretics.”

The original female patient in Kyoto was able to overcome her infection through use of another drug, Azithromycin. But since the discovery, WHO has reported outbreaks in Australia, France, Norway, Sweden and the U.K.

“In the past, penicillin was extremely effective against gonorrhea, and we could cure it with one injection,” says Dr. Inoue. “But treatment-resistance strains appeared and the therapy changed to New Quinolone and now to Cephalosporin. Finding a drugs that work against new strains is like playing whack-a-mole.”

As far as sex shops are concerned, the unpleasant prospect of coming down with a dose of clap appears to be causing more sex workers to walk off the job.

The manager of a Tokyo deri heru (out-call sex) service tells the magazine that as news of the H041 strain have spread, his female workers have been quitting in droves.

“The rumor’s been floating around that the strain is spreading in Tokyo and that some women have come down with it,” he says. “Actually STDs are a taboo subject around here. Of course when girls start work here they do ask me questions about it, but we are a responsible shop and all our girls get tested once a month…”

The aforementioned medical writer noted that some researchers believe the new treatment-resistant strain may have been created by “genetic modification” as a result of performing oral sex, when ordinary gonococcus germs interacted with the various bacteria present in the mouth and throat. (K.S.)

Source: “Koseibusshitsu ga kikanai shin-gata rinbyo de fuzokukai panikku sunzen,” Shukan Jitsuwa (May 5, page 18)

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  1. Spit. Rinse. Gargle.

    Listerine as a prophylactic really should do the trick for prevention, or there’s always cheap 80-proof swill if mouthwash’s lower alcohol content raises doubts about sufficient strength.

    Antiseptics aren’t the least bit hampered by antibiotic resistance, after all.

    Though one has to wonder just how much fellatio without proper oral hygiene is going on there, since most STD’s oral transmission rates are so ludicrously LOW that some deem it outright-impossible, blaming claims of transmission without coitus or anal intercourse entirely on unreliable respondents / memory gaps / faulty surveying (ex: forgotten instances of unprotected drunken intercourse; not mentioning certain sexual encounters as possible transmission vectors due to false belief that they were absolutely safe and thus couldn’t be the cause; sociologists and medical personnel not making the effort to verify that such events may have been excluded by patient/respondent)

    Also of note are non-sexual sources like shared toothbrushes or razors, or not-quite sexual ones like cut-to-cut blood transmission through skin contact between two individuals with fresh scratches, “razor burn” or deep kissing with bleeding gums / right after both parties brushed their teeth a little too vigorously — acts which may turn a slight to neglible risk from mostly safe sexual contacts into near-certainty of transmission through seemingly innocuous hygienic practices

    And chances are the working girls thus afflicted simply “neglected” to mention having provided not just oral attention but illegal “full service” to customers, not wanting to confess to a crime

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