Monday, June 8, 2009

LGV - it's here to stay

via Aidsmap, by Michael Carter

The sexually transmitted infection lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is here to stay, an editorial in the May 2009 edition of Sexually Transmitted Infections concludes.

In 2004 a cluster of LGV infections was reported amongst HIV-positive gay men in the Netherlands. Since then the infection has disseminated across much of the industrialised world with several hundred cases diagnosed in the UK. Of note, many of the HIV-positive men diagnosed with LGV have been co-infected with hepatitis C virus.

Accompanying the editorial are several articles reporting on the ongoing LGV epidemic amongst gay men.

The papers include a description of 13 cases of the infection in London involving genital ulcers and inguinal syndrome.

Also included in the journal is an article examining LGV prevalence amongst gay men in the UK. Over 4800 urethral and 6700 rectal samples were examined. This showed that approximately 1% of gay men had rectal infection with LGV, with only 0.1% of men having urethral infection. Nearly all these cases were symptomatic.

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