Lymphogranuloma venereum in men screened for pharyngeal and rectal infection, Germany

Emerg Infect Dis. 2013 Mar;19(3):488-92. doi: 10.3201/eid1903.121028.


To determine prevalence of lymphogranuloma venereum among men who have sex with men in Germany, we conducted a multicenter study during 2009-2010 and found high rates of rectal and pharyngeal infection in men positive for the causative agent, Chlamydia trachomatis. Many infections were asymptomatic. An adjusted C. trachomatis screening policy is justified in Germany.

Keywords: Chlamydia trachomatis; Germany; HIV; LGV; Lymphogranuloma venereum; MSM; STD; STI; anal sex; bacteria; infection; men having sex with men; men who have sex with men; pharyngeal; rectal; screening; sexually transmitted disease; sexually transmitted infection.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Chlamydia Infections / diagnosis
  • Chlamydia Infections / epidemiology
  • Chlamydia Infections / microbiology
  • Chlamydia trachomatis / genetics*
  • Genotype
  • Germany / epidemiology
  • Homosexuality, Male
  • Humans
  • Lymphogranuloma Venereum / diagnosis*
  • Lymphogranuloma Venereum / epidemiology
  • Lymphogranuloma Venereum / microbiology
  • Male
  • Mass Screening
  • Middle Aged
  • Pharyngeal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Pharyngeal Diseases / epidemiology
  • Pharyngeal Diseases / microbiology
  • Prevalence
  • Prospective Studies
  • Rectal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Rectal Diseases / epidemiology
  • Rectal Diseases / microbiology
  • Young Adult