Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a rare sexually transmissible infection (STI) that is mainly seen in gay and bisexual men. LGV can cause severe symptoms, however it can be successfully treated with antibiotics. Timely treatment prevents long-term complications. Condom use helps prevent infection.

LGV is caused by rare and aggressive strains of the bacteria that cause chlamydia (Chlamydia trachomatis). It is spread through unprotected anal, oral or vaginal sexual contact, especially if there is trauma to the skin or mucous membranes. It can also be spread via sharing of sex toys between partners. LGV can be spread even when the person with LGV has no symptoms.

Antibiotics are effective in treating LGV. Three weeks of treatment are needed to treat LGV properly.

How far back in time should you trace your previous partners? 1 month prior to the onset of symptoms.

(Note: this is a general guide only, consult your doctor for any other considerations that are appropriate for your own particular circumstances.)

Further Information

NSW Health