Sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, herpes simplex virus and syphilis commonly present with rectal symptoms. Recent outbreaks of lymphogranuloma venereum among homosexual men throughout Europe highlight the need to consider sexually transmitted infections in the differential diagnosis of proctitis. This article examines the causative organisms, clinical features, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted proctitis.
- HSV, herpes simplex virus
- LGV, lymphogranuloma venereum
- MSM, men who have sex with men
- PCR, polymerase chain reaction
- STI, sexually transmitted infections
- sexually transmitted infections
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