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LGV (Lymphogranuloma venereum) is a sexually transmitted infection caused by three strains of Chlamydia. Symptoms are often associated with rectal infection and can the cause can be mistook for ulcerative colitis. Look for genital papule(s) (e.g., raised surface or bumps) and/or ulcers, and swelling of the lymph glands in the genital area.
LGV may also produce rectal ulcers, bleeding, pain, and discharge, especially among those who practice receptive anal intercourse. Definitely talk with your doctor if you suspect you have become exposed and show signs of LGV. Complications can occur if left untreated and may include enlargement and ulcerations of the external genitalia and lymphatic obstruction, which may lead to elephantiasis of the genitalia.
Transmission of LGV is person to person through direct contact with lesions, ulcers or other area where the bacteria is located, often during sexual penetration (vaginal, oral, or anal). It can also occur via skin to skin contact.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, diagnosis is still based on clinical findings versus a commercial test. There is no vaccine against the bacteria. LGV can be treated with three weeks of antibiotics. Again if you think you are at risk or have signs of LGV, don’t let it go untreated. See a doctor. It’s that serious!