Gay, bisexual and different men who’ve intercourse with men are being warned about an “extraordinarily antibiotic-resistant” sexually transmitted an infection.
The United Kingdom’s Health Security Agency (UKHSA) issued a warning after a sudden rise in instances of Shigella, a intestine an infection that may trigger diarrhea, abdomen cramps, rectal cramps, bloody stool, dehydration, and fever. Some sufferers have to be hospitalized.
A complete of 47 instances had been reported within the four-month interval between September 2021 and January 2022, in contrast with simply 16 within the earlier 17 months.
UKSHA has been following the pressure since 2018, however latest instances present it’s getting extra proof against antibiotics.
Shigella is unfold by way of contact with feces that comprises the micro organism, comparable to by way of anal intercourse, rimming, giving oral intercourse after anal intercourse, or by way of unwashed arms and intercourse toys.
“Practicing good hygiene after intercourse is admittedly essential to maintain you and your companions protected. Avoid oral intercourse instantly after anal intercourse, and change condoms between anal or oral intercourse and wash your arms with cleaning soap after sexual contact,” stated Dr. Gauri Godbole, Consultant Medical Microbiologist at UKHSA.
Godbole stated it’s essential that homosexual and bisexual men don’t dismiss their signs and converse to their physician or sexual well being clinic if they’re unwell.
You can discover out extra info about Shigella and get recommendation on different subjects at sexwise.org.uk/shigella