Incubation period days

Period of communicability is for as long as there are active lesions, which may be for several years.

Occurrence and distribution Although it occurs worldwide, lymphogranuloma venereum is commoner in the tropics, espe cially in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia.

Control and prevention Treatment should be commenced as soon as the diagnosis has been made, the patient being advised to refrain from sexual intercourse and close contact with others until all lesions have healed. Other methods of control are the same as for syphilis and gonorrhoea above.

Treatment is with doxycycline 100 mg daily for 14 days, erythromycin 500 mg four times daily for 14 days or tetracycline 500 mg four times daily for 14 days.

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