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Lymphogranuloma Venereum

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This might sound like the scientific name of a recently discovered species of deep sea jellyfish, but LGV is actually a sexually transmitted infection that, until a few years ago, was very rare in the UK and the rest of Western Europe. However, that situation changed in 2003 and 2004 when there were a series of outbreaks among gay men. LGV is almost exclusively transmitted sexually. The bacteria can be transmitted when infected mucosal surfaces (in men, the warm moist skin of the mouth, penis and rectum) come into contact with an uninfected person’s mucosal surfaces, during unprotected anal and oral sex, and fisting. LGV is actually a strain of Chlamydia. However, whereas a regular Chlamydia infection can be treated with a one-off dose of antibiotics for one week; LGV requires a 3 week course. If you want to avoid symptoms such as festering sores and ruptured, pus-filled glands, in and around the anus and groin, wear a condom!

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"I noticed It all started out as a bump on the area where my thigh meets my private area. The bikini line. It all started out almost around a week ago as a small bump now is very big and I've noticed little round bumps on top of it. The shape I could say is round and it mostly covers that whole are. Is not as difficult or painful to walk but I am worried I don't know what it is or what to do. Ive been on my period if that helps.





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to Michelle and lindsey, I have suffered for 20 years with this condition and have lost count of the surgeries to excise these crippling physical and emotional lumps, I've even had one lasered and one where they stuck a needle in to try and draw out the sludge... agony. over the years I've had lots of antibiotics, I even spent a whole year on a rotation of them. nothing seems to have helped. I have one lump that never goes away it stays as an open wound most of the time, or just ready to rupture again, I wear a pant liner just incase when I'm out and although my scars are a total mess as I don't heal well I've been told they can't operate again as I don't have enough skin left to cover the wounds. I will never let any man get intimate with me again because of it. I can't even take my 8 year old swimming. I wish I could be more positive.





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I constantly get "spots" around my vaginal area. They are the same /similar to what I get on my face ie swollen, sore and will pop if squeezed. I am 40 yrs old and have been married for over 20yrs so have ruled out any STD ( I was tested as routine when I went to the doc). I went to a doc about 4 yrs ago as one had been causing me a considerable amount of pain. He didnt know what it was but suggested that if they kept coming back then maybe the only treatment was to remove the labia! Needless to say I never went back but I am still plagued now, even more so than then. Sex tends to bring them on but I am just as likely to get them for no apparent reason. I am wondering if I have some food intolence or hormone thing as my acne on my face is getting worse as i get older. Having had everything from topical creams to tablet antibiotics. Only the tabs cleared my skin but was not allowed to stay on them. Are these things related and should I be looking at other reasons? I dont beiieve they are related to shaving as where they are is away from the shaving area ie within the internal folds.





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i have bumps along the interior urethra. my gp stated she wasnt sure so i saw another gp and she stated it was probably glands that were swollen maybe by clamydia(?)my blood was taken and i got the all clear for my liver, bones, blood etc, all healthy and i feel fine. there is some pain sometimes when i have an erection. my gp stated she would arrange as ultra sound scan - i am going to call about this to find out if i have an appointment yet. please can you advise / help in the meantime as i still worry a little. i did read a lot on the internet but that caused me to be come a nervous wreck.





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I have a small pea sized lump where my thigh joins, i have had it for at least 4months it can be painful, i also also have a similar lump on my neck i was told it was swollen lymph nodes due to unspecific infection! Recently i keep feeling very dizzy and nauseous! I am getting worried





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ask your doctor about sebaceous cysts. i suffer from them as well.

I also have just developed a lump on my right hand side where my thigh meets my groin down below very tender I had this for a few days and now I have a row of small red lumps right along the crease of my groin, if this gets worse I Will be seeing my doc or be on the live webcam as I am not sure if this is sweat glands or not, any advice welcome...





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Hi im a 48 year old female and have been getting constant groin pain on the left side for the past week..very sore and tender to touch but cant feel anything there..when really sore..painful in walking and lots of pressure felt there when urinating or the other..





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I had a baby 8 months ago and I had a period after she was born up until December then I just stopped having them and haven't had one since I've had bloods done and the only abnormal thing they found was that my attp was 2% up but they never mentioned about my periods,with my first child this never happened and I'm not breast feeding and I'm certainly not pregnant again And I'm not on any other contraception other than using condoms it's been 5 months since my last period please can someone help?? Thank you x





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Hi I am 30 Yrs old, For the last year maybe more ever time im about to have a period i get sore/stingy (small) lumps around the opening of my vagina,they start a little itch then become sore, they disappear soon after my period is over, any ideas what the hell they are ??





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i am 43 years old woman i hada pea sized lump on right side of vulva for monthsthat didnt bother me but the past ten days it has trebbeled in size and very pain full i can hardly walk. please help.





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