Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a STI caused by a type of chlamydia trachomatis (serovars L1, L2, or L3) that rarely occurs in the United States.

Street Name: LGV

Symptoms: Blood or pus from the rectum, drainage through the skin from lymph nodes in the groin, painful bowel movements, small painless sore on the male genitals or in the female genital tract, swelling and redness of the skin in the groin area, swelling of the labia, swollen groin lymph nodes on one or both sides. It may also affect lymph nodes around the rectum in people who have anal intercourse.

Treatment/ Relief: LGV is usually treated with antibiotics and the commonly used antibiotics are; tetracycline, doxycycline, erythromycin, and azithromycin.

How you get it: LGC  is a long-term infection of the lymphatic system caused by three different types of the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. The bacteria is spread through sexual contact.

Stats: LGV is more common in Central and South America. Every year, a few hundred cases of LGV are diagnosed in the United States. However, the actual number of infections is unknown.

What should you know? LGV is more common in men than women. The main risk factor is being HIV-positive.

How does this impact pregnancy? Pregnant women are usually treated with and antibiotic.