Health experts are warning against a deadly strain of gonorrhea, which could have effects as serious as AIDS.
The bacterium, called HO41, is now considered a "superbug" because it's resistant to antibiotics.
One medical expert told CNBC that someone who contracts gonorrhea from this particular bug could go into septic shock and die within days.
"This might be a lot worse than AIDS in the short run because the bacteria is more aggressive and will affect more people quickly," Alan Christianson, a doctor of naturopathic medicine, told CNBC.
Doctors still have nothing to fight the bug. And though the number of infections is low for now, Christianson says it could become a disaster.
"This is a disaster just waiting to happen," he said. "It's time to do something about it before it explodes."
William Smith, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors said "it's an emergency situation."
"As time moves on, it's getting more hazardous," Smith said.