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April 1, 2008

Multiple Painful Vaginal Ulcerations—Quiz Case

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Arch Dermatol. 2008;144(4):547-552. doi:10.1001/archderm.144.4.547-b

A 20-year-old woman presented with a 3-day history of vaginal itching, burning, and increased discharge; a sore throat; a cough; myalgias; and a temperature of 39.4°C. She was otherwise healthy and denied a history of genital or oral ulcerations, trauma, or injection drug use. She was not taking any medications. She was sexually active, with 1 new male partner for the 2 months before presentation, and in the past year, she had unprotected intercourse with a West African man while studying abroad. The results of a Papanicolaou smear and a sexually transmitted infection workup 1 month earlier were negative.