Chlamydia + LGV

What is it?

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that affects the genitals and sometimes the eyes.  Rarely it can affect the joints.

It is passed on through unprotected anal and oral sex (both giving and receiving) and rimming.

How can I prevent it?

Using condoms and plenty of water based lubricant will greatly reduce the risk of getting chlamydia from anal and oral sex.

How do I know if I have chlamydia?

Many people don't notice symptoms. But at least 3-5 days after getting infected you might notice:

• Pain when urinating and a discharge from your penis

• Pain in the rectum and a discharge

• Pain and swelling of your testicles

Is there treatment?

It is cured with antibiotics that you usually take in one day.  If you have chlamydia in your rectum you will need to take antibiotics for a week.

Untreated chlamydia can result in infection of the testicles and rarely arthritis.  Having chlamydia can increase your risk of catching HIV.

LGV

What is it?

LGV - Lymphogranuloma venereum - is a strain of chlamydia that attacks lymph cells.

It is passed on through unprotected:

• Anal sex (both giving and receiving)

• Oral sex (both giving and receiving)

• Fisting & being fisted

How can I prevent it?

Using condoms and plenty of water based lubricant will greatly reduce the risk of getting chlamydia and LGV from anal and oral sex.

How do I know if I have LGV?

Most men will experience major inflammation inside their anus if they have recently contracted LGV along with fever and feeling ill in its later stages However, LGV has three stages of development:

Stage 1

Three days to three weeks you may notice:

• A painless sore in your mouth, penis or inside your anus

• Pain / Discharge when urinating

Stage 2

10-30 days later (or longer) you may notice:

LGV in the anus:

• Discharge

• Swollen glands

LGV in the penis:

• A painless sore in your mouth, penis or inside your anus

• Pain / Discharge when urinating

LGV in the mouth:

• Swollen glands in your neck or armpit

Stage 3

If untreated, LGV can cause serious damage to the anus and penis and could lead to needing surgery.

Is there treatment?

A three-week course of antibiotic tablets will cure LGV providing it is caught before stage 3.

Untreated LGV can cause serious damage to your bowel.  It can also increase your risk of catching HIV, syphilis and hepatitis C.

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