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Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a rare bacterial disease, more common in the tropics, is spread by direct contact during sexual intercourse. More recently unprotected bisexual and homosexual practices have resulted in an increase in cases, particularly among this population. Increase incidence is blamed on the use of illicit or "party" drugs, anonymous sex and failure to use barrier protection (i.e. a condom). LGV presents as painless ulcers on the genitals and enlarged lymph nodes in the groin and can easily be treated with antibiotics, if correctly identified. It can also cause swelling and bleeding around the anus and rectum, which can be confused with colitis or Crohn's disease. LGV increases the risk of contracting other sexually transmitted diseases, such as AIDS and hepatitis. If untreated, it can also lead to fatal diseases such as meningitis, encephalitis and death.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The globe and Mail
About: Rare sexually transmitted disease re-emerging
Date: 1 June 2005
Source: The globe and Mail
Author: Andre Picard
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