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What Are The Symptoms of Lymphogranuloma Venereum?


Updated February 03, 2014

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Question: What Are The Symptoms of Lymphogranuloma Venereum?

The first stage of Lymphogranuloma venereum infection (approximately 1 to 2 weeks after exposure to the virus):

  • A small bump, or papule, that may become ulcerated.
    These sores normally heal on their own within a few days.
The second stage of LGV infection (approximately 2 to 6 weeks after stage 1):
  • Everyone
  • MSM and others who practice receptive anal sex
    • Bleeding during sex
    • Rectal itching
    • Rectal discharge
The third stage of LGV infection (approximately 5 to 10 years after untreated infection):
  • Lymphatic system damage
  • Fistula
  • Genital lymphedema and other local tissue swelling

Learn more about the symptoms of other STDs here.


McLean CA, Stoner BP, Workowski KA. "Treatment of lymphogranuloma venereum." Clin Infect Dis. 2007 Apr 1;44 Suppl 3:S147-52.

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