What is the sexual predilection of chancroid?

Updated: Aug 05, 2019
  • Author: Joseph Adrian L Buensalido, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Chancroid is most commonly observed in nonwhite men who are uncircumcised. A 2006 meta-analysis showed that circumcision is somewhat protective against infection with syphilis and chancroid. [33] Circumcision and its role in HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) risk reduction among men who have sex with men (MSM) still needs further investigation. [34] Women represent only 10% of known cases because they are more likely to be asymptomatic carriers.

Chancroid is more commonly identified in individuals of lower socioeconomic status, commercial sex workers, and travellers from endemic areas. [35] According to Benson and Hergenroeder, [35] there have been no reported cases of chancroid among homosexual males, bisexuals, or lesbian females, but recent reports have documented chancroid to occur together with other STIs. [36, 37]

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