City health officials issue warning about rare STD to gay men in BX and city

City health officials are warning gay men in the Bronx and city to be careful after two New Yorkers were diagnosed with a rare sexually transmitted disease.

The disease is known as LGV or Lymphogranuloma Venereum. It's a rare form of Chlamydia that affects primarily gay and bisexual men. Officials say the infection can lead to serious health risks.

New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Friedan says unprotected anal intercourse is the key risk factor for the spread of LGV. He says the only other recent cases were in Europe. Symptoms include lesions and scarring in the genital or anal area, painful lymph nodes in the groin area, rectal pain, and blood in the stool.

The Bronx Lesbian and Gay Health Resource Consortium is now working to make sure the gay community is informed.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."