LGV was first diagnosed in Europe nine years ago, in Holland. The first 14 cases of this infection were identified in the Czech Republic after a substantial contribution by our dermatovenerologist, MUDr. Daniela Vaňousová. The disease is transmitted via unprotected sexual intercourse and manifests by inflammation of the genitals or rectum. Untreated fungus can have serious consequences.
Clinical signs of the disease
LGV usually appears as a red pustule in the genital area, which later turns into an ulcer. It then heals within a few weeks and the infection enters the next stage, which appears as painful swelling of the lymph nodes in the groin area and reddish skin around the nodes. The nodules may ulcerate and can rupture both in the groin and in the abdominal cavity. Other symptoms that often accompany LGV are fever, chills, nausea, headache, and muscle and joint pain. Untreated, LGV can enter a third stage, which is characterized by chronic inflammation and closure of the lymph vessels, which can lead to major swelling and disfigurement of the genital region.
Prevention, diagnosis, treatment
You can protect yourself from infection by following the common rules of safe sex. Testing for LGV is done by swabbing the infection site and testing for chlamydia, while the disease is treated with antibiotics. If you suspect that you have come into contact with this disease, contact a dermatovenerologist without delay.
Our dermatovenerologist, MUDr. Daniela Vaňousová, who participated in tracing LGV in the Czech Republic, has been approached by many media outlets in connection with the new infection. Articles and recordings can be found here: