Great question! Sexually transmitted infections are incredibly stigmatized, which makes them great fodder for fear mongering, clickbait headlines. It’s also understandable that people would be icked out by the phrase “flesh-eating,” because most people like their tissue to remain alive, on their bodies, and not visibly devoured by bacteria. Finally, it’s difficult to imagine this story would have so much thunder without the implication that Donovanosis is sneaking in from foreign countries. Unfortunately, human brains have a deeply ingrained bias against what we see as “them”—outsiders who might jeopardize the health of our communities with their unfamiliar germs. This may have protected our ancestors, but it’s pretty absurd now that anyone can fly anywhere and catch anything.