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Granuloma Inguinale

Granuloma inguinale (also known as Donovanosis) is a sexually transmitted genital ulcerative disease caused by Klebsiella granulomatis bacteria. The disease occurs rarely in the United States; typically about 100 cases per year, primarily in the Southeast. It is more common in tropical and developing areas including India, the Caribbean, central Australia, southern Africa and Papua, New Guinea.

Symptoms of granuloma inguinale are usually painless, slowly progressive ulcers in the genital area, although it can also occur in other parts of the body, including the mouth. The lesions have a beefy red appearance and bleed easily on contact. As the disease spreads, it destroys tissue.

Long-term treatment with antibiotics is usually required to cure Granuloma inguinale.

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