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New sexually transmitted fungus appears in New York

It is a genital fungal infection that appears in the shape of a ring, which has spread in Europe

North American experts determined the existence of a new sexually transmitted disease that takes months to disappear, even with treatment.

The information, published by the press release distribution platform Eurek Alert!, states that a 30-year-old man developed a ring-shaped ringworm on his penis, as well as on his buttocks and extremities after returning to his home, in New York City, from a trip to England, Greece and California. Four months passed before the fungus disappeared from the subject's body.

Likewise, during his vacation, the man had multiple erotic encounters with people of the same sex and assured the doctors that he warned none of his partners on the trip about having any infection of this nature.

Did it break out in Europe?

Genetic testing of fungal samples collected from the patient's rashes revealed that the infection was caused by the species Trichophyton mentagrophytes type VII (TMVII). This sexually transmitted form of ringworm has been increasingly diagnosed across Europe: in 2023, 13 cases were reported in France.

“Health care providers should be aware that Trichophyton mentagrophytes type VII is the latest in a group of serious skin infections that has arrived in the United States,” said dermatologist Avrom Caplan, lead author of the study focused on the aforementioned variant. He is an assistant professor in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at New York University Grossman School of Medicine.


“Since patients are often reluctant to talk about genital problems, doctors should ask directly about rashes around the groin and buttocks, especially in those who are sexually active, have recently traveled abroad, and report itchy areas. in other parts of the body,” added study expert and author John Zampella.

Fortunately, although they are complex infections to treat and take a long time to disappear, so far they seem to respond to standard antifungal therapies such as terbinafine.

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