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Perforating chancre: any cause-effect relation with HIV infection?
  1. A C Inamadar,
  2. A Palit
  1. Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, BLDEA’S Shri BM Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Bijapur, Karnataka, India
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Arun C Inamadar; 

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Variation in clinical pictures of syphilis, when co-infected with HIV are well known.1 Normally, a classic Hunterian chancre heals within 1–2 weeks of treatment without scarring.2 Primary chancre, healing with perforation of the site, does not commonly occur.3 Here we report four patients with primary syphilis, in whom the chancres healed with perforation of the genitalia. Concomitant infection with HIV is presumed to be responsible for this destructive sequela.


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