Sexual problems - Lymphogranuloma Venereum
What is Lymphogranuloma Venerum (LGV)
LGV is an infection involving the lymph glands in the genital area. It is caused by a germ called chlamydia
Who gets LGV
LGV occurs most often among sexually active people living in tropical or subtropical climates. It often is unnoticed. The infection occurs most often in other areas of the United States.
How is LGV spread
The infection is spread by unprotected sexual contact.
What are the symptoms of LGV
The first symptom may be a small, painless pimple or sore on the genital area. It is often unnoticed. The infection then spreads to the lymph nodes in the groin area and then spreads from there. Complications may include swelling, draining pus, and bleeding.
How soon do symptoms appear
The beginning of symptoms varies widely. The first sore may appear from three to thirty days after exposure.
When and for how long is a person able to spread LGV
An individual is able to pass the germ to a partner as long as there are sores.
What is the treatment for LGV
Treatment involves the use of antibiotics.
What can be done to prevent the spread of STDs
- Abstinence is the only sure way to avoid STDs.
- The kinds of sex that do not include vaginal, anal or oral intercourse are also "safer sex" and less likely to spread STDs.
- Try to limit your exposure to STDs. Unprotected sexual activity increases your chance of exposure and infection. If you have more than one partner or your partner has other sexual partners this increases your chances of getting an STD.
- Use barrier protection, like a condom.
- Look at your partner before having sex. If you see any sign of an infection such as rashes, sores, discharge or swelling, stop and talk about the importance of checking for an STD before having sex.
- If you think you are infected, avoid any sexual contact and visit a local sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinic, hospital or your own doctor. If possible, bring your sex partner(s) with you so that they can be treated if necessary.