Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a particularly aggressive form of the chlamydia bacteria. It has been relatively rare in NSW but there have been several cases reported in Sydney over the past year, mainly in HIV positive gay men,
Having LGV makes it easier to pass on HIV because of the bleeding and skin damage LGV causes. It also puts you at higher risk of other STIs like syphilis and can make it easier to get Hepatitis C.

Condoms reduce the chances of getting LGV, as does using latex gloves during fisting. A new condom or glove should be used with every new partner to prevent infection being passed from one to another. Dildos and other sex toys should not be shared unless covered with a condom that is changed with every new partner. Washing your hands with soap and water immediately after sex can help prevent infection.

Next week: LGV when HIV negative

info: More information for HIV positive men and other STIs is available at www.thedramadownunder.info or visit Positive Life NSW www.positivelife.org.au, or acon www.acon.org.au

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