New STI on the block

By | 23rd August 2018

We don’t want to alarm readers but we do want you to be informed about developments so you can make good decisions, stay healthy and think about the future.

Wales Online reports that a flesh-eating sexually transmitted disease has been found in the UK for the first time.

“The disease, which causes flesh eating ulcers on the genitals, is usually found in tropical countries like southeast India, Guyana and New Guinea. But donovanosis has now been diagnosed in the UK,” the website reports.

The article suggests there has been one case – a woman in Southport.

What a treat this STI is! Simple contact with a victim’s bleeding ulcer is enough for it to be passed and it’s a risk factor in the transmission of HIV. Without treatment, the ulcers increase in size and other bacteria can also attack the ulcers which then generate a foul smell. Eventually the genitals can “literally rot away” if the disease isn’t treated. 

Treatment is with antibiotics which, as we’ve mentioned before, are tending to fail due to misuse and diseases becoming resistant.

One thing you can be certain of… If this disease appears in the gay male community barebackers will be the first to know. The article states:

“Half of infected men and women have sores in the anal area, which appear as small, red lumps.”

Condoms provide some protection against STIs like this. And it’s sensible to always get a good look at any penis before you do anything.

Isn’t it insane that there are men out there who have bareback sex in darkrooms where they can’t even see the other person? Though no doubt the (ill)health (un)professionals would claim that doing so is a valid choice and shouldn’t be “stigmatised” and advised against.

There’s no need to be fearful about sex if you use some commonsense and are careful about partners. However if you’re listening to the nutty (ill)health (un)professionals and gay media and being a “no stigma” bareback ho, it may be time for a rethink.

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