Well if the pandemic has not been enough to deal with over the past year and a half, there is now a rare flesh eating sexually transmitted disease that is on the rise.

I didn't think the STD world was creating new diseases but looks like there is something new to look out for and that is donovanosis.

Donovanosis is rare and not sweeping the across the United States yet, but it is something that is now being found in the United Kingdom and previously it was only something found in India, South Africa and South America.

According to WOOD, Granuloma inguinale, also known as donovanosis, is a genital ulcerative disease caused by the bacterium Klebsiella granulomatis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The so-called flesh eating donovanosis has been showing up in the UK more often. It causes beefy red lesions on the genitals that can often bleed. When these lesions spread, they tend to bleed leading people to call the STD flesh eating although the virus doesn't actually eat the flesh when it spreads.

Donovanosis in the UK has really gotten a lot of online attention because of Dr. Karan Raj made a video post on TikTok referring to the disease as terrifying.

So far donovanosis is still a rare occurrence in the United States but still a possibility if you are having un-protected sex. The CDC says the disease can be treated with antibiotics but it can circle back to an infection 6 to 18 months after the original infection had cleared.

WOOD reported that Gynecologists Dr. Shree Datta said, "severe cases can lead to permanent scarring and damage to the genitals, as well as discoloration and even irreversible swelling, so this is definitely one to watch."

As if casual sex wasn't already risky without using protection, donovanosis should be an even bigger reason why you should always be using contraceptives when any sex is going to happen.

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