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Genital ulceration 

Genital ulceration
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Genital ulceration
Author(s):

Patrick French

, and Raj Patel

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198746690.003.0193
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date: 07 March 2021

Genital ulceration can be caused by many common and rare sexually transmitted infections (STIs), dermatological conditions, and trauma. Key to making a specific diagnosis that will direct treatment is a standard sexual and travel history followed by appropriate diagnostic tests. Genital ulcer disease is a major risk factor for the acquisition and transmission of HIV. Various classifications and algorithms are proposed to help identify pathogens and guide immediate management, but care must be taken when working through these.

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