Lymphogranuloma venereum

Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a sexually transmitted infection caused by certain strains of the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. It primarily affects the lymphatic system, including the lymph nodes in the groin. The infection is most commonly transmitted through unprotected sexual contact with an infected person.

Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) an STI you don't want to leave

Initial symptoms of LGV may include painless genital ulcers, but the infection often progresses and leads to swollen lymph nodes in the groin area. These swollen lymph nodes may become filled with pus and burst, causing open sores and pus-filled abscesses. In severe cases, LGV can cause permanent scarring and disfigurement.

Early diagnosis and treatment with appropriate antibiotics are crucial to prevent complications and further transmission. Antibiotics such as doxycycline or azithromycin are commonly used to treat LGV. Partners of infected individuals should also be tested and treated to prevent reinfection.

Practicing safe sex, such as using condoms, is essential in preventing the spread of LGV and other sexually transmitted infections. Regular testing for sexually transmitted infections is also important, especially for individuals who engage in high-risk sexual behaviors.

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Lymphogranuloma venereum


  • Caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis
  • Spreads through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, or oral sex
  • More common in individuals who engage in unprotected sex or have multiple sexual partners


Lymphogranuloma Venereum

General Symptoms

  • Painless genital ulcers or sores
  • Inflammation of the lymph nodes in the groin
  • Swelling and redness in the genital area
  • Pain during urination or bowel movements
  • Vaginal or penile discharge
  • Fever
  • Body aches and fatigue
  • Weight loss