Gay men warned of rare chlamydia outbreak in Ireland

Published: February 8, 2015

Jennifer Mcshane
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The HSE has put together a task team to deal with the sexually transmitted infection that can occur among men who have sex with men, The Sunday Times report.
The Outbreak Control Team was convened after the outbreak was declared last October. It is believed to be the first of its kind in Ireland.

Advertisements with details of the STI have also featured in the Gay Community News magazine for the past number of months.

Among other details, the ad says, “LGV is increasing among sexually active gay men, especially amongst men living with HIV.”

The notices urge those that are sexually active to go for regular STI checkups, and those living with HIV to arrange a checkup at their nearest HIV treatment clinic.

They also say that LGV is easy to diagnose and treat, and are urging gay men to be more self-aware regarding their sexual health, and get tested.

The outbreak is known as Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV) – associated with the Chlamydia bacteria. It is currently being investigated in the HSE East region by an outbreak team following 35 notified cases of the sexually transmitted infection (STI) since May last year, according to the Sunday newspaper.

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