Chancroid? Do you know what it is?

To be honest, as I’ve said before, its been an insanely long time since I’ve attended a health class that provided information on STD’s. It’s probably been 15+ years and although I try to keep up to date with health info sometimes knowing about STD’s gets put on the back burner. I know the usual suspects but when doing my research for this week’s posts I came across some that I had never heard of! I love learning something new, even if it is about something not so fun like an STD.

So do you know what Chancroid is? 

Because I sure as hell had never heard of it before!

Chancroid (pronounced Shang-roid) is an uncommon STD, that when found is typically more likely to be seen in men than in women. Its a bacteria that causes genital sores.

How do you know you have it?

Symptoms of Chancroid show up typically 4-10 days after infection and present open sores typically on the penis, rectum, vulva and around the opening of the vagina.  The sores can be painful and produce pus.

Because Chancroid produces sores, it can be confused with Herpes and Syphilis. The only way to really know is to have your healthcare provider test the fluid from the sores.

You are in luck if you’ve contracted Chancroid!

It can be treated with antibiotics.  However it can be easily spread through intercourse or to different spots on your body if you touch the sores and other parts of your body.

Protecting yourself, and your partner. 

Best thing to do is of course wait until the infection clears up. But if you choose to have sex (vaginal, anal or oral) use a regular condom, a female condom and/or a dental dam to prevent the sores from spreading.  Avoid touching the sores as well.  It is also important to note that if you are at risk to exposure to HIV and have Chancroid it is essential that you abstain from any time of sex play as it is much easier to spread HIV through the sores.

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