Having LGV makes it easier to contract and pass on HIV because of the bleeding and skin damage LGV causes. It also puts you at higher risk of other STIs like syphilis - Ending HIV
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LGV is not very common in the United States and is most often seen in individuals who have had unprotected receptive anal sex.
LGV can be difficult to diagnose. Typically, the primary lesion produced by LGV is a small genital or rectal lesion, which can ulcerate at the site of transmission after an incubation period of 3-30 days. These ulcers may remain undetected within the urethra, vagina, or rectum. As with other STDs that cause ulcers, LGV may facilitate transmission and acquisition of HIV.
Lymphogranuloma venereum is common in the tropical and subtropical regions around the world. It is rare in the United States. Lymphogranuloma venereum may occur at any age; however, the highest incidence of LGV is in the sexually active population between 15 and 40 years. Lymphogranuloma venereum probably affects both sexes equally although it is more commonly reported in men because early manifestations of LGV are more apparent in men.
Nearly all LGV infections seen in the UK in recent years have been in the rectum.
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