STD Donovanosis can cause your genitals to rot away.
The source appears to be an online pharmacy that submitted a Freedom of Information request to hospitals across the United Kingdom inquiring about STD rates in the country, according to Newsweek.
The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has quite a graphic description for donovanosis aka Granuloma Inguinale.
Sexually transmitted diseases can be embarrassing and inconvenient.
Donovanosis is found in many parts of the world, and past cases have been reported mainly in South Africa, Australia and India.
In its early stages, donovanosis can be confused with chancroid, another ulcerative STD.
There are red bumps around the genitals or the anus that transform into fleshy red ulcers that bleed when touched, or into a dry ulcer with uneven edge.
"Bacteria 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".
The infection can extend to the pelvis, intra-abdominal organs, bones or mouth.
Symptoms begin to show anywhere between one to 12 weeks after contracting the infection.
A necrotic infection is deep and foul smelling and causes severe damage to the tissues.
The lesions can be at risk for secondary infections, and those with the disease are also prone to experience heavy bleeding. Dr. O'Farrell writes that the incubation period is approximately 50 days.
Azithromycin "can be given intermittently, the total pill count is low, directly observed therapy is possible and treatment can usually be stopped before ulcers have healed completely", states D.
According to the Lancashire Post, chemist-4-u.com was contacting hospital trusts nationwide to "find out how many diagnoses 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, '" which led to the discovery that donovanosis had been identified for the first time in England.
Dr. Mark Lawton, Chair of the BASHH Media Group, urged those concerned about their sexual health to "have a check-up and get tested by an expert at their local sexual health service - it is quick and easy to do".