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What Are The Symptoms of Lymphogranuloma Venereum?

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Updated February 03, 2014

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Question: What Are The Symptoms of Lymphogranuloma Venereum?
Answer:

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.

Source:

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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