Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV)


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.


Symptoms include:

•             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.

Get help


LGV can be treated with a three-week course of antibiotics.

If you suspect if you might have contracted a STD, you can do a self-test quiz, the STD Quiz.

You may also chat to a facilitator on the LIVE CHAT if you have more questions. The service is free and you may stay anonymous.


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