Chancroid is a rare sexually transmitted disorder caused by Haemophilus ducreyi. The infection often presents with painful necrotizing ulcers in the genital areas and is almost always accompanied by generalized lymphadenopathy. Chancroid was once a very common sexually transmitted infection, but improved public education, treatment and greater awareness have reduced the active number of cases in developed countries; however, chancroid is still found in many parts of Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Chancroid is of medical importance, as it is widely believed that it may be a cofactor in the transmission of HIV. Once the diagnosis of chancroid is made, treatment must be started promptly. The goal of treatment is to eradicate H. ducreyi. Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines recommend one of four antibiotics as first-line therapy.
The goal of this continuing education program is to provide physicians, pharmacists, nurses, pharmacy technicians, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals with information about the sexually transmitted disorder chancroid. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to —
- Explain the epidemiology of chancroid.
- Discuss the various methods of diagnosis.
- List the current CDC-established drugs to treat chancroid.
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Type of Activity: Knowledge
Initial Release Date: 9/25/2011; Planned Expiration Date: 9/25/2014
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