Flesh-eating STI spreads in England, health authorities sound the alarm

This year the UK saw a drop in the number of STIs in the country. Indeed, containment and other means to limit the spread of the Covid-19 likethe barrier gestures, have made the population more suspicious of germs. Yet an STI continues to spread: donovanosis, also known as klebsiella granulomatis. This STI that can cause ulcers and lesions on the genitals is increasing.

What is donovanosis?

Donovanosis, also called “IS flesh-eating “, is a rare genital disease, sexually transmitted, caused by a specific bacteria that infects the skin around the genitals, groin and anus.

The first signs of infection are lumps that get bigger and bigger and turn red. These can turn into ulcers which, if left untreated, risk becoming infected and causing pain in addition to an unpleasant odor. This disease is more likely to affect men.

It is usually spread through unprotected sex with penetration or through oral and, according to Healthline, it can be detected by the following symptoms:

  • Ulcers around the genital area and anus
  • Big red balls that see their size increase
  • Painless red balls that bleed
  • Damaged skin
  • Change in color of genital tissues

Donovanosis is on the rise in England

This IS is usually found in areas such as South Africa and India, but health experts have noted that it is also spreading in England. The number of cases increased from 19 in 2016 to 30 in 2019. 18 cases of this disease rare were still reported in the UK last year (in 2020).

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“These figures show that donovanosis – previously thought to be limited to places like India, Brazil and New Guinea – is more and more common in Europe“, said Dr Shree Datta, consultant in obstetrics and gynecology at London MyHealthcare Clinic, told the magazine Sun. Indeed, if 20 to 30 cases do not seem to be a sufficient reason for concern, donovanosis is a sickness it should not be taken lightly, as it can lead to ulcers, permanent scarring and swelling if left untreated.

To avoid getting donovanosis or any other STI, It is important to use condoms during sex. It’s also a good idea to see your doctor and get tested regularly. If you get an STI such as donovanosis or la chlamydia (high in the UK) you may be prescribed antibiotics to treat it.

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