quarta-feira, janeiro 05, 2005
Nova DST surge entre homens que têm sexo com homens
Gay men are being warned to be aware of a sexually transmitted infection that is being increasingly seen in Europe. Outbreaks of lymphogranuloma venereum [LGV] have been reported in the Netherlands, Belgium and France, and now a small number of cases have been diagnosed amongst gay men in the UK.
Although the numbers of diagnosed cases in the UK are very small, Terrence Higgins Trust is informing key groups of men about LGV to ensure that they are aware of the symptoms and treatment. Gay men with HIV, men who have many sexual partners, men who have had unprotected sex or have had sex in cities with recent LGV outbreaks are especially being made aware of LGV. The charity has produced a leaflet which gives further information about LGV and is being distributed on the gay scene.
Will Nutland, Head of Gay Men's Health Promotion at Terrence Higgins Trust said, "LGV can cause major inflammation inside the arse. Information suggests that men who are fucking without condoms or fisting without latex gloves are most at risk of getting LGV. Although LGV is easily treated with a three week course of antibiotics, if it's left untreated it can result in serious damage to the arse or genitals".
Symptoms of LGV in the rectum include inflammation of the lining of the rectum [proctitis] along with constipation, diarrhoea, pain, pus or blood coming from the anus. Ulcers and abscesses inside the rectum can also develop. In the penis, symptoms of LGV can include swollen glands in the groin and inflammation of the urethra [urethritis].