The unidentified sufferer is female between the ages of 15 and 25, and she was diagnosed with the condition called donovanosis sometime in the last year.
Donovanosis spreads via sexual contact with an infected person or touching the infected ulcer. It’s usually seen in areas like southern Africa, central Australia, New Guinea, India and some regions of the Caribbean.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said, it’s a painless disease that eventually develops into ulcerative lesions on the perineum or genitals that can bleed quite heavily.
Patients with donovanosis can get extra-genital infections that develop in the pelvic area as well as the hones, mouth, and intra-stomach organs. The lesions could cause secondary bacterial infections to occur.
Antiobiotics can stop the lesions from progressing but patients could relapse six to 18 months after the initial treatment.
The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV said no cases before now have been reported in the UK.
Chemist-4-u.com submitted a Freedom of Information request that brought to light the woman’s plight. According to a pharmacist with the website, delaying treatment could lead to genitalia flesh rotting away.
There is no information about the woman’s condition or if any sexual partners she had before her diagnosed were also infected. The disease can be transmitted easily when contact is made with the bleeding ulcer.
The request was made during the course of its investigation for the Great British STI Taboo, which found that 69 percent of 1,000 adults have never had an STD test. It also found that 420,000 STDs were discovered in England in 2017. Of those 420,000, 48 percent of the cases were for chlamydia.
Written by Mark Riegel, MD
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