Overview STDs: lGV

Below, you will find a description of the different STDs.  

Here, you will also find all information if you wish to be tested.



What is LGV?

LGV or Lymphogranuloma Venereum is a rare STD.  It is caused by a variant of the chlamydia-bacterium. Most infections arise in men who have sex with other men. 

How is it transmitted?

Mainly unsafe anal sex, sharing sex toys and fisting (fist sex, fist fucking) pose a risk.


LGV progresses in three stages with very different complaints.

First stage

A lump or sore appears on the penis (glans, foreskin), anus, throat or mouth. Often the first lumps or sores go unnoticed.

They heal spontaneously and if untreated, the infection develops into the next stage.

Second stage

The second stage is characterised by a painful swelling of the lymph nodes in the groin. These lymph nodes become swollen due to a build-up of infected fluid, which may cause them to burst.  

Other complaints during this stage are fever, muscle and joint pain.

Third stage

If the infection remains untreated for a long time, infected tissue may become scarred and cause complications, such as adhesion of organs.


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