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.