A Flesh Eating STD Is Spreading—Here’s What You Need To Know

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According to an article in the Lancashire Post, a rare flesh-eating Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) has been diagnosed in the United Kingdom—where STI, for sexually transmitted infection (STI), is the standard nomenclature.

The newspaper reported the story with the cringe-worthy headline:

“Rare STI which causes genitals to erupt into flesh eating ulcers diagnosed in Southport”

With that sort of story, it didn’t take long for it to spread across the Atlantic—the news, not the infection!

The infection is called Donovanosis (granuloma inguinale), and though painless, it causes “progressive ulcerative lesions on the genitals or perineum—areas prone to heavy bleeding.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that it’s spread through sexual intercourse with an infected individual—which is pretty standard for an STD.

The infection is very rare in the United States and the UK, but can be found more often in tropical countries like “India, Papua New Guinea, the Caribbean, central Australia and southern Africa.”

Health officials say that what few cases appear in the US are caused by tourists having unprotected sex in endemic countries, then bringing the disease back home with them as the worst souvenir ever.

Though easily treatable with antibiotics, patients can sometimes relapse without warning up to 8 months after receiving their medications.

Receiving fast treatment is incredibly important however, since untreated ulcers “could cause the flesh around the genitals to literally rot away.” Also, prolonged exposure to donovanosis can increase the chances of contracting HIV.

Now more than ever, it’s important for all people to have themselves regularly checked for sexually transmitted diseases. A recent investigation by chemist-4-u.com, however, revealed that a shocking 69% of surveyed UK residents “had never been tested for an STI.”

The moral of the story:

if you notice lesions on your genitals or perineum, get them checked out ASAP.

Even better:

get tested before anything’s wrong!


practice SAFE SEX!

H/T – Lancashire Post, KRON 4

Collin Gossel

Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--