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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 66  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 95-96

Genital lesions following bestiality

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A 48-year-old man presented with painful genital lesions with history of bestiality and abnor­mal sexual behaviour. Examination revealed multiple irregular tender ulcers and erosions, with phimosis and left sided tender inguinal adenopathy. VDRL, TPHA, HIV-ELISA were negative. He was treated with ciprofloxacin 500mg b.d. along with saline compresses with complete resolution.

Keywords: Bestiality, Genital ulcers

How to cite this article:
Mittal A, Shenoi SD, Kumar K B, Sharma. Genital lesions following bestiality. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2000;66:95-6

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Mittal A, Shenoi SD, Kumar K B, Sharma. Genital lesions following bestiality. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol [serial online] 2000 [cited 2020 Oct 25];66:95-6. Available from:

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Bestiality is defined as sexual intercourse by a human being with a lower animal, either through the anus or the vagina. The offence is punishable under section 377 1PC. Any animal, such as donkey, pig, goat, cattle, chicken, dog, or cat that the person feels suitable for the purpose may be used but gen­erally sheep are used by males, and dogs and cats by females, as they are easily available, relatively docile, and convenient in size.'

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A 48-year-old man, a hotel waiter presented with painful genital lesions since 2 months. He had sexual contact with his pet cat 2 months back. He had inserted his penis in the cat's mouth and the cat had bitten him causing pain and tenderness. There was no bleeding or ulceration. Subsequently, there was penile injury by a chain-zipper. He subsequently had vaginal intercourse with a bitch 1- 1 / 2 months back which was followed by penile erosions, burning mic­turition and phimosis. He had been married since 18 years. Since the last 10-12 years, he admitted hav­ing anal intercourse with his wife. He was a known case of paranoid schizophrenia since 15 years and was on injectable fluphenazine.

Examination revealed multiple irregular ten­der, non-indurated ulcers and erosions with phimo­sis. Left sided inguinal lymphnodes were enlarged, 3-4 cms in diameter, mobile, discrete and tender. Dark-ground microscopy was negative and Gram stain revealed Gram +ve cocci. VDRL, TPHA, HIV-ELISA were negative. He was treated with ciprofloxacin 500mg b.d. along withsaline compresses for 10 days. After two days of treatment, pain and tenderness decreased and he was able to retract the prepuce. After 2 weeks, the lesions healed completely and he was referred for continued psychiatric treatment.

  Discussion Top

Any kind of sexual intercourse with an ani­mal is known as bestiality and can be committed by both sexes. Most cases occur in the country side where farm labourers have intercourse with a wide variety of domestic animals. There are also reports of women having sexual activities with dogs and other animals. [2] Classic Greek and Roman mythology had accounts of lovers appearing as asses, Zeus appear­ing as a swan, females having sexual activities with bears, apes, bulls, goats, horses, ponies, wolves, snakes, crocodiles, and still lower vertebrates.' In reality, it is probable that the human animal makes inter-specific sexual contacts less often than some of the other species of animals. Evidence is now be­ginning to accumulate that individuls of quite unre­lated species do make inter specific contacts more often than biologists have heretofore believed. The intensive study of the movement of individual birds has shown that there is a great deal of inter - spe­cific mating among birds than previously realized with existence of a large number of inter-specific hybrids. [3]

Under the sexual offence Act 1956 bestiality carries a maximum of life imprisonment. The legal code of essentially all the states prohibits sexual re­lations between the human animal and animals of other species. [2] While bestiality may be due to sex starvation, the person is likely to be suffering from some mental aberration. In addition, the supersti­tious belief that venereal diseases are cured by sexual intercourse with a lower animal may lead to bestial­ity.

The act of bestiality is repulsive and cruel to animals, and violates the 'rights' of animals, one of which might be their sexual freedom. We report this unusual case of genital ulceration secondary to bes­tiality to highlight its importance in the differential diagnosis of genital ulcers.

  References Top

1.Parikh CK. Unnatural sexual offences. In: Parikh CK, ed. Parikh's Textbook of Medical Jurisprudence and Toxicology. New Delhi: C B S Publishers & Distributers, 1990: 460.  Back to cited text no. 1    
2.Freeman MDA. The law and sexual deviation. In : Roser J ed. Sexual Deviation. London : Oxford Medical Publications, 1979: 423.  Back to cited text no. 2    
3.Kinsey AC, Pomeroy WB, Martin CE, et al. Animal contacts. In Cornfield 3, Dorn H, Laidlaw R, et al, eds. Sexual behaviour in the human female. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Co, 1953: 502-509.  Back to cited text no. 3    


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