What is it?

Shigella is a group of bacteria that causes a bowel infection.

How do you get it?

Shigella is very infectious and can be easily passed on. It is present in the faeces (shit) of an infected person and can be transmitted when tiny particles of contaminated faeces (shit) enter the mouth. This can happen in three ways:

  • through rimming (licking the arse)
  • by getting faeces (shit) onto your fingers and then touching your mouth
  • by putting contaminated objects like food, pens and cigarettes into your mouth

Faeces (shit) can sometimes get onto the hands during sex and by handling things such as used condoms and sex toys. Once it is on your fingers it can easily get into the mouth. Gut infections can be passed on sexually or otherwise through food and water.

What are the signs?

Symptoms appear between 12hours and 4 days after exposure include common signs such as:

  • stomach cramps
  • diarrhoea (sometimes with blood and or mucous)
  • fever
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • dizziness when standing up

  In most cases recovery takes between four and seven days but may take longer.

Tests for Shigella

Shigella can be tested by taking a swab of the arse (bum) or taking a stool sample (a piece of shit) for testing.

Treatment for Shigella

Shigella can generally clear on its own. You can treat the symptoms by staying hydrated and drinking lots of water, getting plenty of rest and eating healthy solid foods. In more worse cases, your doctor may give you a course of antibiotics or discuss alternative treatment plans.

Preventing Shigella

Shigella can be prevented by using condoms while having sex. Although this will not give you full protection from shigella. Make sure you wash your hands after having sex or touching used condoms and sex toys.

If possible avoid rimming (licking arse) or any activity which could lead to having faeces (shit) in your mouth.

Shigella and HIV

If you are HIV positive you may be more likely to have severe symptoms, which may result in a prolonged illness and hospitalisation.

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