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How Do You Prevent Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV)?

Safer sex practices help prevent the spread of lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV). Use a condom every time you have sex, even if you’re on birth control, to protect yourself from LGV and other sexually transmitted infections. You should also use a dental dam for oral sex and gloves for fisting. These measures are especially important if you don’t know your partner’s health status.

Get Tested

Regular STI testing is an important way to prevent the spread of LGV. An STI test can detect LGV before you show obvious symptoms. Encourage your partners to get tested too and share your status with one another. If one of you does have LGV, you can decide together how to handle it.

Be Careful Around Lesions

Lesions that aren’t covered by condoms, dental dams, or gloves can spread LGV. Don’t touch anyone else’s lesions, whether you know they’re caused by LGV or not. There’s no such thing as being too careful.

LGV and Sex Toys

You can also catch LGV from sex toys. Using your own sex toys for yourself exclusively is safest. If you do want to share with friends, clean them thoroughly with soapy water, then cover them with condoms before they’re passed around.

Care During Recovery

People usually notice their symptoms improving once they start taking antibiotics. However, they can still pass on LGV during this time. Medical experts recommend delaying sex until your partner’s LGV has completely cleared up to keep yourself safe. Even safe sex can be risky, as it’s difficult to avoid uncovered lesions during such close contact. You should both get tested to make sure you’re completely clear of LGV before resuming sex.

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