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  • First sign maybe one or more sores in genital area;
  • Sores are surrounded by narrow red borders that become filled with puss;
  • Eventually sores rapture leaving painful open wounds;
  • Painful swollen glands appear in the genital area.


Symptoms develop 3-10 days after infection. The ulcer begins as a tender, elevated bump, or papule, that becomes a pus-filled, open sore with eroded or ragged edges. If left untreated, severe infection of the genitals will occur and may facilitate the transmission of HIV.


Chancroid is a highly contagious yet curable sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by exposure to the bacteria Haemophilus ducreyi.

Treatment/ Management

Treatment of both parties with a course of antibiotics.