Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia, Genital herpes are common sexually transmitted diseases that people are aware of, but are you among many to be coming across Chancroid for the first time?

Chancroid is a bacterial infection that can be spread through sexual contact. this bacteria is called Haemophilus Ducreyi and it is most common in Africa and southwest Asia. Chancroid can occur in both men and women and in 1 day to 2 weeks after becoming infected, a small bump appears on the genitals which becomes an ulcer within a day after it appears. For men, only 1 ulcer may appear in the foreskin, shaft of the penis, head of the penis or the scrotum. For women, 4 or more ulcers may appear in the outer lips of the vagina (Labia Majora), inner vagina lips and inner thighs.

Chancroid can cause urethral fistulas (a scar that develops in the urethra) and scars on the foreskin of the penis. People with Chancroid should be checked for other STD’s like Syphillis, HIV or Genital Herpes. For people with HIV, Chancroid may take a much longer time to heal.

It is very important to know about your health and take care of it. STD’s are detrimental to health, so get yourself checked today.


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