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Lymphogranuloma venereum among men having sex with men; what have we learned so far?
  1. H J C de Vries1,
  2. J S Fennema1,
  3. S A Morré2
  1. 1Department of Dermatology, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  2. 2Department of Pathology and Internal Medicine, Vu-Universal Medical Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to:
 H de Vries
 Dermatologist-Venereologist, STI Outpatient Clinic, Cluster of Infectious Diseases, Health Service Amsterdam, Netherlands; h.j.devries{at}amc.nl

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Recently, French et al reported the first cases of lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) in the United Kingdom.1 One year later, the LGV outbreak first noticed in 2003 among men having sex with men (MSM) has spread beyond the first countries affected (Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and the United States) to other European countries like Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, and outside the continent to Australia, United States, and Canada. Moreover, some of the questions raised in the publication of French et al can now be partially answered.

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