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!
‘Flesh-eating’ STD allegedly reported in England https://t.co/8JE3HD3g2v
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 22, 2018
— Chase (@Chastopher_rt15) August 22, 2018
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.
It says it's painless, how the heck is flesh eating painless?
— B (@B4dejavu107) August 23, 2018
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.”
Everybody in England, stay there until we get this figured out!
— Dick Tracey (@dtx89) August 25, 2018
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.
That’s it. I’m out. Lol
— ? Stephie E ? (@EllieBlack007) August 23, 2018
— Jonathan Gonzalez (@gonzalez_john89) August 23, 2018
Though easily treatable with antibiotics, patients can sometimes relapse without warning up to 8 months after receiving their medications.
black plague: im dangerous
STD: Hold my beer…
— Ricardo Ruelas (@SFG_RICK) August 23, 2018