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Chlamydia trachomatis is the UK's most prolific sexually transitted disease
Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
Non-specific urethritis (NSU) is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases among men
Syphilis is a  sexually transmitted infection on the increase
Syphilis is a  sexually transmitted infection on the increase
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the herpes simplex viruses
Genital warts are soft wart-like growths on the genitals caused by a viral skin disease
If abnormal vaginal discharge can be due to a sexually transmitted disease
HIV means 'human immunodeficiency virus'. It can be acquired through unprotected sex
Pubic lice are parasitic insects often found in the genital area
Scabies is an infestation of the skin with the microscopic mite Sarcoptes scabei
Molluscum contagiosum is a common, mild viral infection that affects the skin causing small pearly white papules
Chancroid is a sexually transmitted infectious disease characterized by painful ulcers
Thrush is often mistaken as an STD
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Molluscum

Contagiosum


WHAT IS MOLLUSCUM CONTAGIOSUM?

Molluscum Contagiosum is a very contagious skin disease.

HOW IS MOLLUSCUM TRANSMITTED?

The most likely mode of transmission is sexual contact where one partner has vulnerable irritated skin as a result of shaving the pubic area.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF MOLLUSCUM CONTAGIOSUM?

  • It appears as tiny pearly growths with central depressions on the genital skin.

  • WHAT ARE THE LONG TERM COMPLICATIONS OF MOLLUSCUM CONTAGIOSUM?
  • There are no long term complications once the molluscum has been treated.

HOW IS MOLLUSCUM DIAGNOSED?

It can be diagnosed with the help of microscopic examination of material from the growths.


HOW IS MOLLUSCUM TREATED?

Untreated, the infection may resolve in 2 years in most patients, but only after spreading beyond the initial area perhaps to the face or genital area. Lesions infected with an opportunistic bacterial infection can leave permanent scars. Treatment is with liquid nitrogen,TCA (tricholoacetic acid) or Aldara cream application


CAN THE INFECTION RECUR?

  • The infection can recur if the skin comes into contact with the infection.

  • WHAT SHOULD I DO?
  • Consult your doctor as to the best course of treatment.


 

 

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