What is Chancroid?

A bacterial infection which isn’t common in the UK. If you have had sexual contact with someone from a country that has a higher incidence of this infection (such as certain countries in Asia or Africa) it is important to tell the clinic as you may need more specific tests.

What are the Symptoms?

Painful ulcers on the genital area.

Swollen lymph nodes ( glands) in the groin.

How is it diagnosed?

Swabs are taken from the ulcer or the swollen gland area ( which can burst) and the bacteria is isolated using a special test called PCR.

What is the treatment?

It is treated with antibiotics.

Partners require treatment as well.