Unpleasant Sexually Transmitted Infection: Shigellosis

Shigellosis is a nasty infection which can be passed on during sex and to which HIV-positive gay men are especially vulnerable. It is a bacterial infection that can cause severe dysentery. Historically, cases in the UK have been associated with travel to low-income countries with poor hygiene. It is highly infectious and has very unpleasant symptoms, […]

Antibiotic Resistant Shigella Outbreak in London

Shigella infection (shigellosis) is an intestinal disease caused by a family of bacteria known as shigella. The main sign of shigella infection is diarrhoea, which often is bloody. It may be mistaken for food poisoning. Shigella can be passed through direct contact with the bacteria in faeces (stool, or “poo”). For example, this can happen […]

Shigella in the UK

Shigella is a bacterial gut infection that causes severe, prolonged diarrhoea and stomach cramps. It is spread through oral contact with faeces, either directly due to sexual activities such as rimming (oral-anal contact) or via unwashed hands. Only tiny amounts of the bacteria can transmit the infection. Symptoms usually develop one to three days after […]

Diarrhoea remains a common problem in people with HIV

Diarrhoea remains common in people with HIV and usually has a non-infectious cause. Diarrhoea can have a severe impact on quality of life. It may be caused by a number of things – HIV itself; HIV medication; opportunistic infections or malignancies. Correct diagnosis of the cause is important in trying to make the situation more manageable. […]