Fact Check: Is Donovanosis a flesh-eating STD?

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Does Donavanosis qualify as a sexually transmitted disease that destroys flesh?
Is Donavanosis categorized as an STD that causes severe tissue damage?
Not really. There is no scientific evidence to support that it is classified as a flesh-eating bacteria, and it can be effectively treated with appropriate antibiotics. Seeking medical attention is crucial if you suspect you may have the infection.

Quick Take

A social media post claims Donovanosis is a flesh-eating STD. The post states that there is a flesh-eating pathogen called Donovanosis, which is a sexually transmitted disease. We fact-checked and found this claim to be Mostly False.

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The Claim

A Facebook post reads, “ All jokes aside, there’s a literal flesh-eating STD out there called Donovanosis, and they out there eating randoms! Very sick. If you don’t believe Google it.” 

We have attached a screenshot of the post below:

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Fact Check

What is STD?

STD stands for Sexually Transmitted Disease. It refers to a group of infections that are transmitted through sexual activities. The activities include vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Common examples of STDs include HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, genital herpes, and human papillomavirus (HPV). STDs can spread from person to person through sexual contact, and through sharing needles or other items contaminated with bodily fluids. It is important to practice safe sex and get regular check-ups to prevent and detect STDs early.

What is Donovanosis?

Donovanosis, also known as granuloma inguinale, is caused by the bacterium Klebsiella granulomatis. It is a sexually transmitted disease that causes chronic and progressive infections to form genital ulcers. The ulcers are typically painless and can bleed easily.

The symptoms of donovanosis usually appear within 1 to 12 weeks after exposure to the bacterium. The ulcers can be single or multiple and can occur on the penis, vagina, scrotum, anus, or thighs. The ulcers are typically beefy red, raised, painless and can bleed easily.  

Donovanosis is most common in tropical and subtropical areas, but it can occur anywhere in the world. It is commonly spread through sexual contact, but it can rarely spread through contact with infected blood or fluids.

If left untreated, donovanosis can cause significant scarring and tissue destruction. Malignant transformation is also possible.

Is Donovanosis a flesh eating STD?

No, Donovanosis, also known as granuloma inguinale, is not a flesh-eating sexually transmitted disease (STD). While it can cause progressive tissue destruction in the affected area, it is not classified as a flesh-eating infection.

Donovanosis (also known as granuloma inguinale) is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) as it is primarily transmits through sexual contact. But, there is no scientific evidence to prove that it can be flesh-eating.

Donavanosis causes ulcers and they rapidly grows if not treated on time. But the pathogen causing it, is not classified as flesh-eating bacteria. It is important to note that it does not possess the aggressive tissue-destructive properties associated with flesh-eating infections like necrotizing fasciitis. Donovanosis can be effectively treated with appropriate antibiotics. So seeking medical attention is crucial if you suspect you may have the infection.

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Dr. Shikha Shiromani
Dr. Shikha Shiromani
A dental surgeon by education and medical writer by profession, Shikha is passionate to bring her knowledge and experience in busting the myths around medicine and health. At THIP, she is involved in researching, fact-checking and answering all kinds of questions related to health.

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Does Donavanosis qualify as a sexually transmitted disease that destroys flesh?
Is Donavanosis categorized as an STD that causes severe tissue damage?
Not really. There is no scientific evidence to support that it is classified as a flesh-eating bacteria, and it can be effectively treated with appropriate antibiotics. Seeking medical attention is crucial if you suspect you may have the infection.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Does Donavanosis qualify as a sexually transmitted disease that destroys flesh?
Is Donavanosis categorized as an STD that causes severe tissue damage?
Not really. There is no scientific evidence to support that it is classified as a flesh-eating bacteria, and it can be effectively treated with appropriate antibiotics. Seeking medical attention is crucial if you suspect you may have the infection.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Does Donavanosis qualify as a sexually transmitted disease that destroys flesh?
Is Donavanosis categorized as an STD that causes severe tissue damage?
Not really. There is no scientific evidence to support that it is classified as a flesh-eating bacteria, and it can be effectively treated with appropriate antibiotics. Seeking medical attention is crucial if you suspect you may have the infection.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Does Donavanosis qualify as a sexually transmitted disease that destroys flesh?
Is Donavanosis categorized as an STD that causes severe tissue damage?
Not really. There is no scientific evidence to support that it is classified as a flesh-eating bacteria, and it can be effectively treated with appropriate antibiotics. Seeking medical attention is crucial if you suspect you may have the infection.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Does Donavanosis qualify as a sexually transmitted disease that destroys flesh?
Is Donavanosis categorized as an STD that causes severe tissue damage?
Not really. There is no scientific evidence to support that it is classified as a flesh-eating bacteria, and it can be effectively treated with appropriate antibiotics. Seeking medical attention is crucial if you suspect you may have the infection.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

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Does Donavanosis qualify as a sexually transmitted disease that destroys flesh?
Is Donavanosis categorized as an STD that causes severe tissue damage?
Not really. There is no scientific evidence to support that it is classified as a flesh-eating bacteria, and it can be effectively treated with appropriate antibiotics. Seeking medical attention is crucial if you suspect you may have the infection.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Does Donavanosis qualify as a sexually transmitted disease that destroys flesh?
Is Donavanosis categorized as an STD that causes severe tissue damage?
Not really. There is no scientific evidence to support that it is classified as a flesh-eating bacteria, and it can be effectively treated with appropriate antibiotics. Seeking medical attention is crucial if you suspect you may have the infection.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Does Donavanosis qualify as a sexually transmitted disease that destroys flesh?
Is Donavanosis categorized as an STD that causes severe tissue damage?
Not really. There is no scientific evidence to support that it is classified as a flesh-eating bacteria, and it can be effectively treated with appropriate antibiotics. Seeking medical attention is crucial if you suspect you may have the infection.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Does Donavanosis qualify as a sexually transmitted disease that destroys flesh?
Is Donavanosis categorized as an STD that causes severe tissue damage?
Not really. There is no scientific evidence to support that it is classified as a flesh-eating bacteria, and it can be effectively treated with appropriate antibiotics. Seeking medical attention is crucial if you suspect you may have the infection.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Does Donavanosis qualify as a sexually transmitted disease that destroys flesh?
Is Donavanosis categorized as an STD that causes severe tissue damage?
Not really. There is no scientific evidence to support that it is classified as a flesh-eating bacteria, and it can be effectively treated with appropriate antibiotics. Seeking medical attention is crucial if you suspect you may have the infection.

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

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