Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)

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Public health management

Important information

  • Infectious agent: Rare subtypes of Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria (L1 – L3).
  • Transmission: LGV is passed on by unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex with an infected person. It can also be spread by sharing sex toys. An infected mother can pass LGV on to her baby during childbirth.
  • Incubation period: From 3 to 30 days but may be longer.
  • Infectious period: Infected persons are presumed to be infectious. Without treatment, infection can persist for years.
  • Case exclusion: Do not exclude.
  • Contact exclusion: Do not exclude.
  • Treatment: Antibiotic treatment as recommended by the Guidelines for Managing Sexually Transmitted Infections - WA.
  • Immunisation: None available.
  • Case follow-up: Is the responsibility of health care providers.


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