first case of a super-rare sexually transmitted disease which causes
the genitals to erupt into flesh eating ulcers has been diagnosed in
to an FOI submitted by online pharmacy chemist-4-u.com, the unusual
sexually transmitted disease has been diagnosed in a woman between the
age of 15 and 25 in the past 12 months in the region.
left untreated, donovanosis causes nasty genital ulcers which grow and
spread before flesh in the groin region starts to eat itself.
have been no previous cases of the the disease which is usually only
found in far-flung tropical and subtropical countries such as
southeast India, Guyana and New Guinea.
British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) say they have
carried out past searches for UK cases, but appear to have drawn a
How is donovanosisspread?
with an infected person is not the only means of catching the disease
which affects twice as many men as women.
contact with a victim's bleeding ulcer is enough for it to be passed
What are the
can begin to show anywhere between one to 12 weeks after coming into
contact with the bacteria.
treatment, the ulcers increase in size. Other bacteria can also attack
the ulcers which then generate a foul smell.
of infected men and women have sores in the anal area, which appear as
small, red beefy lumps.
bumps will eventually erode but as the disease spreads it starts to
destroy tissues in the infected area.
can include; permanent genital damage and scarring, loss of skin
colour and irreversible genital swelling due to the scarring.
Shamir Patel, of Chemist 4 U, said: “This is a very rare and nasty
condition and it could be one of the first times it has been recorded
in the UK.
antibiotics can treat donovanosis, early-stage cases might be going
undiagnosed because it's so uncommon in the UK.
that cause the disease, known as klebsiella granulomatis, infect the
skin around the genitals, groin or anal area and causes lesions and
skin disintegration as the flesh effectively consumes itself.
itself can be treated with antibiotics, time is of the essence.
delay could cause the flesh around the genitals to literally rot away.
bacteria is also a risk factor in the transmission of HIV.”
spokesperson for Public Health England added: "Donovanosis primarily
occurs in tropical countries or regions of the Americas, Southern
Africa and Oceania.
is very rarely diagnosed and reported in the UK."
contacted hospital trusts nationwide to find out how many diagnosis of
STIs there had been, the age of people diagnosed, what sex and what
region of the country they live in as part of extensive research into
‘The Great British STI Taboo’.