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What is Chancroid?

Chancroid is a sexually transmitted infection that is caused by the bacterium Haemophilus ducreyi. Chancroid is characterized by the formation of ulcers on the genitalia. Chancroid is typically spread through sexual contact with an infected individual. The ulcers associated with chancroid are often painful and can bleed easily. Chancroid can also cause lymphadenopathy (enlarged lymph nodes). Treatment of chancroid typically involves antibiotics

Who is at risk of Chancroid?

People who are sexually active are at risk for chancroid. The best way to prevent chancroid is to practice safe sex, including using condoms during sexual intercourse. People who think they may have chancroid should see a healthcare provider for diagnosis. People who have unprotected sex are more likely to develop the infection, especially those with uncircumcised penises.

Symptoms of Chancroid

The symptoms of chancroid can vary from person to person, but typically include one or more ulcers on the genitals. These ulcers are usually painful, and may bleed when touched. They may also be accompanied by swollen lymph nodes in the groin area. In some cases, chancroid can cause fever, headache, and fatigue. A person with chancroid may also have other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as syphilis or herpes. Chancroid is most commonly spread through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, and oral sex. It can also be spread through contact with infected material, such as during childbirth or sharing of contaminated needles.