Questions About Rare STDs

Chancroid, Molluscum Contagiosum, Lymphogranuloma Venereum, MRSA

An image of molluscum contagiosum on the chest. The central lesion has been scratched/picked and shows signs of irritation.. Photo © A.D.A.M.

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Questions About Specific Rare STDs

  • Chancroid
    • What are the Symptoms of Chancroid?
      Chancroid is a painful genital ulcer disease only rarely seen in the United States. The sores it causes, however, are relatively recognizable.
    • How Do I Get Tested for Chancroid?
      Most doctors diagnose chancroid simply based on the appearance of the sores. However, questionable sores can also be cultured for the presence of Haemophilus ducreyi. H. ducreyi is the bacteria that causes chancroid.
    • What is the Treatment for Chancroid?
      Chancroid is treated with antibiotics, however, the first round of treatment isn't always successful.
  • MRSA
    • Is MRSA an STD?
      Most people think of MRSA as an infection that they pick up in the hospital. However, recent studies have shown that it can also be sexually transmitted.
    • What is MRSA?
      MRSA is an infection with a common type of bacteria, staph aureus. However, the bacteria has become problematic  because it is resistant to certain types of treatment.
    • Can I have MRSA on my Skin Without Getting an Infection?
      Just because you have MRSA on your skin, doesn't mean you have a MRSA infection. It may mean, however, that you are at increased risk of acquiring one.

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