Infectious Diseases

Lymphogranuloma Venereum Increasing Amongst Gay Men of Dublin

Close on the heels of news that prevalence of syphilis is increasing in men who have sex with men throughout the USA, another distressing bit of news has popped up: a relatively rare infectious disease, Lymphogranuloma Venereum (also known as lymphogranuloma inguinale or bubo), is spreading rapidly through the gay population of Dublin, Ireland.

Caused by Chlamydia trachomatis, serotype L1, L2 and L3, this infection has been reported in 33 men in Dublin alone. This has led to the mobilization of an LGV Control Team, according to the Sunday Times.

This disease results in the formation of painless papules followed by ulceration in the genitalia of affected people. There is also inguinal lymphadenopathy, which is why it is also known as bubo. The disease is responsive to antibiotic treatment at all stages of its pathophysiology.

Skeptic Oslerphile. PhD Student in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Past: 1) Public Health Scientist and Program Manager, Translational Global Health Policy Research Cell, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. 2) Scientist, Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases; 3) Senior Research Associate, Public Health Foundation of India. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!

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