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?
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
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.