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Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)

Alternate name: LGV

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Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a sexually transmissible infection (STI). It is caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. Some types of this bacteria cause the genital infection chlamydia. Other types of this bacteria cause LGV. Chlamydia and LGV are quite different infections. LGV causes ulcers or sores of the genital area and then invades the lymph glands in the pelvis and groin.

LGV is common in South and Central America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Africa. The infection has also spread to Europe, North America and Australia, where it is often diagnosed in men who have sex with men (MSM). In Australia, LGV is rare and occurs mainly in MSM and in people who have travelled or lived in countries where it is common.

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Last updated: 5 June 2023

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