Chancroid

Chancroid is the STD that even your doctor will have a hard time diagnosing - Alexandra Ossola

Chancroid

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Everything You Need to Know About Chancroid

Have a painful, pus-filled ulcer on your junk that doctors can't quite figure out? Intrigue is not always sexy, apparently. Your mysterious little sore could be the rare (like, really rare) and elusive chancroid.

What exactly is chancroid?

Chancroid is an infection caused by the bacterium Haemophilus ducreyi, the same genus as other pathogenic bacteria that can cause sepsis and meningitis in young children. If you've never heard of chancroid, that may not be surprising—today, it's pretty rare in the US. The number of cases dropped steadily between 1987 and 2001, according to the CDC; just 11 cases were diagnosed in the US in 2015. That's good news, since…

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