Chancroid is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by bacteria. It causes painful open sores (ulcers) in the genital area and swelling of the lymph nodes in the groin. Chancroid is not common in Canada. However, it is more common in people who have HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection. Some people who have chancroid also have syphilis or genital herpes.
Chancroid is treated with antibiotics. You can spread the infection as long as you have any open sores.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
May 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kevin C. Kiley, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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