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close this bookWhere There Is No Doctor - A Village Health Care Handbook (Hesperian Foundation, 1993, 516 p.)
close this folderChapter 18 - THE URINARY SYSTEM AND THE GENITALS
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View the documentUrinary Tract Infections
View the documentKidney or Bladder Stones
View the documentEnlarged Prostate Gland
View the documentDiseases Spread By Sexual Contact (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
View the documentGonorrhea (Clap, VD, the Drip) and Chlamydia
View the documentSyphilis
View the documentBubos: Bursting Lymph Nodes in the Groin (Lymphogranuloma Venereum)
View the documentHow and When to Use a Catheter (A Rubber Tube to Drain Urine from the Bladder)
View the documentProblems of Women
View the documentVaginal Discharge (a mucus or pus-like stuff that comes from the vagina)
View the documentHow a Woman Can Avoid Many Infections
View the documentPain or Discomfort in the Lower Central Part of a Woman's Belly
View the documentMen and Women Who Are Not Able to Have Children (Infertility)

Bubos: Bursting Lymph Nodes in the Groin (Lymphogranuloma Venereum)



· In a man: Large, dark lumps in the groin that open to drain pus, scar up, and open again.
· In a woman: Lymph nodes similar to those in the man. Or painful, oozing sores in the anus.


· See a health worker.
· Give adults 250 mg. capsules of tetracycline, 2 capsules, 4 times a day for 14 days.
· Avoid sex until the sores are completely healed.

Note: Bubos in the groin can also be a sign of chancroid.


1. Be careful with whom you have sex: Someone who has sex with many different persons is more likely to catch these diseases. Prostitutes are especially likely to be infected. To avoid infection, have sex only with one faithful partner. If you have sex with anyone else, always use a condom. (Use of condoms helps prevent sexually transmitted diseases, but does not assure complete protection.)

2. Get treatment right away: It is very important that all persons infected with a sexually transmitted disease get treatment at once so that they do not infect other people. Do not have sex with anyone until 3 days after treatment is finished. (Unfortunately there is still no effective treatment for AIDS.)

3. Tell other people if they need treatment: When a person finds out that he or she has a sexually transmitted disease, he should tell everyone with whom he has had sex, so that they can get treatment, too. It is especially important that a man tell a woman, because without knowing she has the disease she can pass it on to other people, her babies may become infected or blind, and in time she may become sterile or very ill herself.

4. Help others: Insist that friends who may have a sexually transmitted disease get treatment at once, and that they avoid all sexual contact until they are cured.