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FAQ

 

What is Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV)?

Lymphogranuloma Venereum is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by Chlamydia trachomatis. LGV is a bacterial infection.

Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV) is a reportable disease and must be reported to the Health Unit.



What are the symptoms?

Primary Stage

  • small, painless blister on the site of infection (vagina, penis, rectum, cervix)
  • may go unnoticed in up to 50% of people and will eventually disappear

 

Secondary Stage

  • 2-6 weeks after appearance of the first blister
  • Flu like symptoms
  • Painful and swollen glands in the groin and thigh region
  • Bleeding from rectum

 


Are there complications?

  • Extreme swelling of genitals
  • Genital and rectal scarring
  • Surgery may be necessary to repair the damage

 


How is Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV) diagnosed?


A blood test is used to diagnose LGV, as well as a culture of the sore or swollen gland.

 


How is Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV) treated?


LGV is treated with antibiotics.  It is important to not have sex during treatment and for 1 week after treatment.  Make sure all sexual partners have been tested and treated before resuming any sexual activity.




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