What is Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)?

What is Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)?

LGV is a sexually transmitted infection caused by rare type of chlamydia. It used to be unusual outside of tropical countries until 2003, since when it has made a sustained comeback in European countries, particularly amongst Men who have Sex with Men (MSM).

What are the symptoms (signs) of Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)?

What are the symptoms (signs) of Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)?

LGV can have no symptoms, although this is less common than for the standard type of chlamydia. Some may notice an ulcer or lump (papule), usually on the genitals, at the site of intercourse (sex), but this is often missed. The most common symptom among men who have sex with men is ‘procitis’ – inflammation of the rectum (bum) causing pain, rectal bleeding, mucous and blood-stained discharge as well as constipation. It can go on to cause swelling of the lymph nodes in the groin and less often can cause serious rectal problems.

Treatment for Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)

Treatment for Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)

This is usually a course of antibiotics similar to what is given for treating the standard type of chlamydia, but it will be a 3 week course.

What should I do if I think I have Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)?

What should I do if I think I have Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)?

If you have any of the symptoms described above, or if you have had unprotected sex with someone whose sexual history you are unsure of then come and see us. Come along to one of our Devon Sexual Health clinics where you will be offered testing for a number of STIs, including chlamydia. If you have symptoms, it is important to make the doctor or nurse aware of these as different tests may be done.

How can I avoid getting Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)?

How can I avoid getting Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)?

Condoms provide very good protection against most STIs, including LGV. We would recommend using condoms for all types of sexual activity, including oral sex.

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Coronavirus Covid 19

General Advice:

Anyone who has symptoms including a new continuous cough or high temperature should stay at home and self-isolate for 7 days from when your symptoms started. This action will help to protect others in our community whilst you are infectious.

Clear advice for people with early symptoms of coronavirus is available online at nhs.uk/coronavirus .

Advice from our service:

We have updated information on the provision of routine contraception during this pandemic here.

Information is now also available to advise on sexual contact during a time of social distancing here.

There is also specific advice on coronavirus available for People Living with HIV here, and for pregnant women here

How to access the service:

We have now implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. This system will be in place for the duration of the this pandemic. Please contact our services to access this triage system. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.

If you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus please do not attend the clinic.

Please be aware that we may have to cancel, rearrange or shut clinical services in response to changing clinical and staffing pressures created by the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Alternative provision:

If you are struggling to access sexual health services, alternatives may be available:

  • Emergency Contraception - at your local pharmacy - more info
  • Contraceptive pills - obtained from your GP or bought online - more info
  • Chlamydia and gonorrhoea screening - available online for under 25s only - more info
  • HIV postal testing - available to at-risk groups for a small fee -  more info
  • HIV PEPSE - available via A+E departments - more info