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Flesh Eating STD is Rising in the UK

According to a paper released on Friday, a once-rare flesh-eating sexually transmitted illness that creates “beefy red” lesions is spreading across the UK. The statistics and specialists quoted by Birmingham Live, occurrences of donovanosis, which makes thick sores that destroy genital tissue, have been progressively increasing in the region since 2016, and cases are projected to climb further.

Dr Datta of MyHealthCare Clinic in London said that the Figures suggest that donovanosis — which was previously thought to be restricted to places including India, Brazil, and New Guinea  is becoming more common on these shores. Health officials reported 30 cases of STD in the UK in 2019, but more infections in the past two years could pose a public-health risk.

The STD is generally transmitted through unprotected sex, but in rare cases, it can be spread through non-sexual skin-on-skin contact and to newborn babies through their moms.Symptoms include bulging red bumps, damaged skin and loss of genital tissue colour. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the STD is more common in parts of India, Papua New Guinea, central Australia, the Caribbean and southern Africa.

Gynaecologist Dr Shree Datta said that the lesions caused by the disease are a known risk factor for the transmission of HIV and that “severe cases can lead to permanent scarring and damage to the genitals, as well as discolouration and even irreversible swelling, so this is one to watch.”She added that using contraception significantly reduces the risk of contracting the disease.

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