What is it?
Chancroid is a bacterial infection transmitted by unprotected oral, vaginal, or anal sexual contact. It can also be transmitted by direct skin contact with infected sores. It is common in tropical countries, but rare elsewhere.
  • The best way to guard against Chancroid infection is to use a condom with all types of sexual contact.
  • Limiting the number of sexual partners you have will decrease Chancroid risk.
  • Symptoms usually appear four to seven days after exposure. Some people experience no symptoms at all.
  • Women: Painful bumps appear near or inside the vagina or rectum, which rupture and emit a foul-smelling discharge. Women may also experience painful urination or bowel movements.
  • Men: Painful bumps that open and create a bad-smelling puss may be found on the penis, rectum, or genital area. Men may also experience pain or swelling in the groin area.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, or suspect that you may be infected with Chancroid or any other STD, call student health at (215) 662-2853 for an immediate appointment. A simple medical examination can determine if you have Chancroid. The treatment is a round of antibiotics.

Partners must be treated at the same time to prevent re-infection. Open sores can make a person even more susceptible to infection with other STDs that are transmitted through the bloodstream, so sexual activity should cease until treatment has been completed.