Rapid increase in lymphogranuloma venereum in men who have sex with men, United Kingdom, 2003 to September 2015

Euro Surveill. 2015;20(48):30076. doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2015.20.48.30076.


United Kingdom (UK) national data show a sharp increase in diagnoses of lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) since 2012. Most cases are in men who have sex with men (MSM) living in London, with high rates of co-infection with HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. In light of these data, and the recent finding that one quarter of LGV infections may be asymptomatic, clinicians should be vigilant in testing for LGV, including in asymptomatic HIV-positive MSM.

Keywords: LGV; MSM; lymphogranuloma venereum; men who have with men; sexually transmitted infections; surveillance.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Chlamydia trachomatis / isolation & purification*
  • Coinfection / epidemiology*
  • HIV Infections / diagnosis
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology
  • Homosexuality, Male*
  • Humans
  • Lymphogranuloma Venereum / diagnosis
  • Lymphogranuloma Venereum / epidemiology*
  • Lymphogranuloma Venereum / microbiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk Factors
  • Sentinel Surveillance
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Bacterial / diagnosis
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Bacterial / epidemiology*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Bacterial / microbiology
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology
  • Young Adult