sexually transmitted disease

This STD is becoming 'smarter' and harder to treat

"The bacteria that cause gonorrhea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them," said Teodora Wi, a human reproduction specialist at the WHO, in a news release.

Three superbugs -- bacteria that cannot be killed by the best available drug -- were detected in Japan, France and Spain, according to the WHO.

"We need to be more vigilant now," Wi told reporters in a phone briefing.

~ Weekly Health Advice from PMGH – The Herpes Simplex Virus ~

Could mouthwash combat gonorrhoea?

Recent studies have shown people can carry the sexually transmitted infection in their throats for weeks or months without symptoms.

And they could spread it to others through unprotected oral sex.

So investigators are looking at whether regular mouthwash might help stop the silent spread and experts think it is an idea that is worth exploring.

The 'clap'

Gonorrhoea is a bacterium and it can live in secretions in the throat as well as the penis and vagina and is spread by oral, anal and vaginal sex.