Any sex act
with another person could give you this infection!
Street Names for Chancroid
soft chancre, soft sore, soft ulcer
Facts about Chancroid
- Caused by a capsule-shaped bacterium called
- About 4000+ cases in U.S. each year.
- Spread by direct contact with a sore during any sex
- Ejaculation not needed to spread infection.
- No mother to baby transmission.
- Not spread by toilet seats or clothes.
- Starts as tender bump on penis, inside or outside the
vagina, rectum or anywhere.
- 1-2 days later, the bump becomes a shallow sore that
opens and deepens. Becomes painful and full of pus.
- Lymph glands in groin get infected and swell so much
they can burst. This swelling is called a bubo. The pus
from the sore is infectious.
- Sores may last for weeks and take months to heal.
Bubos and lesions
due to Chancroid
- The correct antibiotic will kill the bacterium. Your
doctor determines which antibiotic to use.
- No over-the-counter drugs work.
- Chancroid can occur repeatedly and at the same sites.
- Only 100% completely safe option - choose not to have sex!
- Latex condoms help but sores can be on or away from
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