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Trichomonas vaginalis Associated with Chronic Penile Ulcers and Multiple Urethral Fistulas

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  • Department of Infectious Diseases, Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa; King Edward VIII Hospital, Infectious Diseases Specialists' Clinic, Congella, Durban, South Africa; Department of Medicine, Divisions of Infectious Diseases/Chronic Viral Illness Service, and Lachine Hospital, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Cytology Laboratory, Academic Complex, KwaZulu-Natal, National Health Laboratory Service, Durban, South Africa

The case of a 29-year-old, HIV-infected man presenting with Trichomonas vaginalis (TV)–associated chronic penile ulcers and multiple urethral fistulas is described. To our knowledge, this is the first description of chronic TV infection being implicated as the probable cause of a destructive lesion leading to sinus drainage and fistula formation.

Author Notes

* Address correspondence to Mahomed-Yunus S. Moosa, Department of Infectious Diseases, Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Private Bag 7, Durban 4013, South Africa. E-mail: moosay@ukzn.ac.za

Financial support: No funds were received for the preparation of this manuscript. The patient provided written consent for the publication of this case report and accompanying photographs.

Authors' addresses: Bernadett I. Gosnell and Mahomed-Yunus S. Moosa, Department of Infectious Diseases, Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, E-mails: Gosnell@ukzn.ac.za and moosay@ukzn.ac.za. Cecilia T. Costiniuk, Lachine Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre, Lachine, Quebec H8S 3N5, Canada, E-mail: c.costiniuk@gmail.com. Elias Mathaba, NHLS Cytology Laboratory, Academic Complex, KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, E-mail: elias.mathaba@nhls.ac.za.

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