‘Flesh-eating’ sexually transmitted infection spreads in Europe

Healthcare professionals in the UK are worried about the resurgence of donovaniasis. This sexually transmitted infection (STI) is called “flesh-eating” since it can cause necrosis in the genitals, both in men and women.

It is the bacterium Klebsiella granulomatis which is responsible for donovanosis (or inguinal granuloma). This STI is transmitted during unprotected intercourse (oral or penetrative). The first symptoms develop within one to twelve weeks after infection: these are small nodules that will eventually burst, then causing lesions on the genitals of infected people (penis, vulva or anus). These sores are most often associated with a foul odor.

In addition, this STI is believed to promote the transmission of HIV. It is therefore essential to diagnose it early enough so that the infection does not spread further and continue to destroy tissue.

Antibiotic treatment

If it had already been observed before the health crisis, donovanosis has spread all the more since the lifting of the barrier gestures, noted the British doctors. For now, this disease is still quite rare. Nevertheless, the upsurge observed in recent years worries specialists. “The figures show that donovanosis, previously thought to be limited to places like India, Brazil and New Guinea, is increasingly common in Europe,” noted Obstetrics consultant Dr. Shree Data. and gynecology, in the columns of the Sun.

To overcome the infection, a course of antibiotics may be sufficient. However, if left untreated, donovanosis can lead to the death of the infected patient. The best way to protect yourself is to use a condom (external and / or internal) during any intercourse.


Flesheating sexually transmitted infection spreads Europe

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