Rare Flesh-Eating STD Appears In The UK For The First Time

Donovanosis is a rare STD that eats the tissue around the genitals and can cause them to fall off. For the first time now, it has found in the UK according to a report:

A rare sexually transmitted disease that causes flesh-eating ulcers on patients’ genitalia has popped up in England, the Lancashire Post reported.

An unnamed female patient, who lives in Southport and is between the ages of 15 and 25, reportedly was diagnosed with donovanosis within the last 12 months.

Donovanosis, which is spread through sexual intercourse with an infected patient, or by coming into contact with a patient’s infected ulcer, is typically seen in India, New Guinea, parts of the Caribbean, central Australia and southern Africa.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the painless disease causes progressive ulcerative lesions on the genitals or perineum, which are prone to heavy bleeding.

Patients are at risk of extragenital infections that can occur in the pelvic regions, or in intra-abdominal organs, bones or mouth. The lesions may also develop secondary bacterial infections.

While antibiotic treatment may stop the progression of lesions, patients are at risk of relapse for 6-18 months post-treatment. According to the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), there have been no prior cases reported in the U.K.

The woman’s case came to light through a Freedom of Information request submitted by chemist-4-u.com, the Lancashire Post reported.

A pharmacist with chemist-4-u.com told the news outlet that any delay in treatment “could cause the flesh around the genitals to literally rot away.”

An update on the infected patient was not provided, nor was it clear if any sexual partners she had encountered were also infected. Coming into contact with a victim’s bleeding ulcer could be enough to transmit the disease. (source)

There are many missing details in this story. The patient is a female, but her ethnicity is not given, and neither is any indication as to any potential promiscuous behavior.

Disease epidemics, especially those involving STDs, usually show a traceable pattern from where they came and to where they spread. There is also an overwhelming correlation between homosexuality and the spread of STDs. Drug-resistant gonorrhea, which is becoming a major problem, is directly traced to Thailand and the Philippines, which not only are destinations for sexual tourism, but also are major areas of homosexual activity. The same can be said about HIV/AIDS, which came out of homosexual groups before spreading around the world.

The National Institute of Health notes that homosexuals are at a higher risk of contracting donovanosis. Given that the illness is rare, one must wonder if the woman contracted the disease from having relations with a homosexual man. Details are not known, and since the disease does not exclusively have to be spread by sexual contact, one cannot absolutely conclude this is what happened.

What one can say is that sexual immorality is a serious problem in the world, and the increased complexity of diseases and the diminishing cures that once worked have created a grave situation. In the years past, many people died of STDS because there was no cure for them. The 20th century was an exception with advances in medicine. However, the historical experience of most of human history is actively returning, for once the drugs available cease to work, then the death rates of the past may be those of the future as well.