Locally acquired lymphogranuloma venereum in a bisexual man

Damon P Eisen
Med J Aust 2005; 183 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2005.tb07005.x
Published online: 15 August 2005

To the Editor: Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is an uncommon sexually transmitted infection caused by Chlamydia trachomatis serovars L1–3. LGV is not endemic in Australia, and rare Australian cases of LGV have been seen in patients who have either acquired the infection while travelling overseas in an endemic area, or have had local contact with an imported case. Currently, there is an outbreak of LGV in western Europe (in particular, The Netherlands) and the United States.1-4 A case of LGV in an Australian man with no history of overseas travel was managed recently.

  • Victorian Infectious Diseases Unit, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Grattan Street, Parkville, VIC 3050.


Competing interests:

Damon Eisen receives support from the Clinical Centre for Research Excellence in Infectious Diseases, Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital.

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  • 4. ProMED-mail. Lymphogranuloma venereum — UK (England). ProMED-mail 2005; 7 Feb. (Archive no.: 20050207.0416). Available at: (accessed Feb 2005).


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