Lymphogranuloma venereum - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2018

Surveillance report
Publication series: Annual Epidemiological Report on Communicable Diseases in Europe
Time period covered: This report is based on data for 2018 retrieved from The European Surveillance System (TESSy) on 9 December 2019.

ECDC’s annual surveillance reports provide a wealth of epidemiological data to support decision-making at the national level. They are mainly intended for public health professionals and policymakers involved in disease prevention and control programmes.

Executive summary

  • Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a systemic STI caused by Chlamydia trachomatis serovars L1, L2, or L3.
  • In 2018, 2 389 cases of LGV were reported in 22 countries.
  • Four countries (France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom) accounted for 85% of all notified cases.
  • Almost all cases in 2018 were reported among men who have sex with men; among the cases with known HIV status, 59% were HIV positive.
  • The number of reported cases increased again in 2018, following a decrease in 2017.