Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a form of the common sexually transmitted infection chlamydia. It is caused by specific strains of the chlamydia bacteria and is more invasive (i.e. gets into the tissue of the body) than more common types of chlamydia.
The number of cases of LGV in the UK has been rising steadily, and the infection is now well-established in this country. Most of these cases are in HIV-positive gay men.
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