First Cases of Rare STD Reported Among MSM in United Kingdom
April 1, 2005
The first cases of a rare sexually transmitted disease called lymphogranuloma venereum, or LGV, have been reported in the United Kingdom, with health officials reporting 34 cases among men who have unprotected sex with men by mid-February, according to an article published in BMJ's journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, London's Daily Mail reports (Daily Mail, 3/31). At least 90 MSM in the Netherlands have been diagnosed with LGV, and officials have reported cases in Belgium, France, Sweden and Britain. CDC officials in November 2004 warned doctors that LGV had been spreading among MSM in Europe and could appear among MSM in the United States. In December 2004, San Francisco public health officials issued a warning about LGV and announced that four MSM there had been diagnosed with the infection. In February, New York City health officials issued a warning following two local cases among MSM.
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