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Living with HIV
Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
The treatment of choice for LGV remains the antibiotic doxycycline, taken by mouth (per os) for a period of 3 weeks. There are alternatives to doxycycline for those individuals allergic, intolerant or pregnant. Pregnant women should not take doxycycline as it may increase the risk for birth defects. On occasion, if the inguinal lymph nodes are greatly swollen, it may be necessary for your doctor to incise (open) and drain or aspirate (via a needle) the node in an attempt to prevent the potential ulcerations, scarring and their associated complications. Patients who are also infected with HIV/AIDS may be treated with the same medications, however, the duration of treatment may be prolonged if resolution of lesions and symptoms is not rapid.
Your physician will assist you in determining which medication is appropriate for you.