Sexually Transmitted Infection with High Resistance to Antibiotics

The UK Health Agency has warned citizens about a sexually transmitted disease, Shigella, which has a growing resistance to antibiotics. In the last four months, 47 cases of the disease have been reported in the UK, which is much higher than the previous cases and has a high resistance to antibiotics.

Shigella is an intestinal infection that causes diarrhea (sometimes bleeding), abdominal pain, vomiting, and fever. The cause is bacteria found in the feces. Special care should be taken with those who have unprotected anal sex, possibly having oral sex, as well as unwashed hands if contamination of the linen can be risky.

Shigella can not be transmitted: with kisses or hugs, sharing common dishes, in everyday relationships (at work or in public places)

Symptoms often appear 1-3 days after sexual intercourse and last up to a week, but sex with an infected person can be risky for up to 1 month. Shigella testing is done by examining the feces, in case of transmission of the virus as a result of sex, doctors recommend testing for other sexually transmitted diseases. It is also necessary to warn the sexual partner to do a test. Antibiotics are usually prescribed to reduce the spread of the virus, some forms of Shigella do not even need treatment, but treatment in relatively severe forms is necessary.

To protect yourself from shingles during sex: Wash your hands and body before and after sex, avoid rimming, use different condoms during anal and oral sex, do not exchange sex toys

Infected people should avoid using someone else’s towel or linen, washing should be washed at the highest possible temperature. Wash your hands regularly with hot water and soap.

Photo: CDC

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