Lympho Granuloma Venereum
Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV)
LGV is not very common and is most often seen in individuals who have had unprotected receptive anal sex.
Symptoms of LGV can begin a few days to a month after coming in contact with the bacteria.
• Blood or pus from the rectum (blood in the stools)
• Drainage through the skin from lymph nodes in the groin
• Painful bowel movements (tenesmus)
• Small painless sore on the male genitals or in the female genital tract
• Swelling and redness of the skin in the groin area
• Swelling of the labia
• Swollen groin lymph nodes on one or both sides; it may also affect lymph nodes around the rectum in people who have anal intercourse
The infection can cause diarrhea and lower abdominal pain.
LGV can be treated with a three-week course of antibiotics.
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