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.