What is it?

Lymphogranuloma Vernerum (LGV) is a sexually transmitted infection that recently began showing up in Canada. It is caused by a certain type of chlamydia bacteria. Lymphogranuloma Vernerum can cause serious health problems. It has to be treated.

How do you get it?

You can get Lymphogranuloma Vernerum if you have unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sex with a person who already has the infection.

How can you tell if you have it?

A painless sore or lump may appear where the bacteria has entered the body. The sore or lump can be painless and may be inside you. It can clear up without treatment, but even if it does, you may still have the infection and should receive treatment. In the second stage you may develop flu-like symptoms, your lymph nodes may become swollen and there may be discharge from the genital and, or anal area. If left untreated, Lymphogranuloma Vernerum can cause genital and/or anal scarring that may need surgery. In rare cases it can even cause death.

How do you get tested?

If you are female, a doctor or nurse will check for infection by taking a swab from the cervix (the opening to the uterus). If you are male, the doctor or nurse may swab the urethra (the opening of the penis) or take a urine test. Male or female, the doctor or nurse may also take a swab from your anus or throat. A blood test may also be needed.

How is it treated?

It can be cured with antibiotics. It is important to tell your sexual partner that you have Lymphogranuloma Vernerum. They also need to be treated.

You and your partner should not have sex until you have completed treatment and have been told that the infection is gone. Even if you are treated for this infection, you can get it back if you have sex with someone who is infected or has not been treated.

Source: Health Canada

Where can I get help?

Visit one of our Sexual Health Clinics or to speak confidentially with a Public Health Nurse call 519-271-7600 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 extension 779.