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Molluscum Contagiosum

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What Is It?

Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection.

 

Symptoms

Soft pearly, fluid filled growths or bumps on the skin.

These bumps or growths are most commonly found on the mucus membranes such as the inside of the vagina, the head of the penis, the inside of the anus. They can also be found on the inner thighs and the lower abdomen.

 

Transmission

Because transmission occurs simply by contact with the sores it is possible for molluscum contagiosum to be transmitted both sexually and non-sexually.

Any form of touching, which involves physical contact with the sores can result in transmission.

 

Prevention

Please Note – due to the fact that the growths grow on the skin, condoms and other barriers may not offer complete protection from Molluscum Contagiosum. However, it is safer to use condoms, female condoms, gloves and/or glyde dams for any kind of sexual activity.

If the sores are widespread this may mean stopping all sexual or naked activity with other people until the infection has cleared.

Take care also not to share towels and similar articles.

You could also look at your sexual partner to ensure that no growths are present. If you see pearl like bumps that the person cannot identify for you then it is recommended that they visit an STI Clinic.

 

Control

The Molluscum contagiosum virus remains in your body after the lumps or growths have healed. You may experience another outbreak in the future.

Your sexual partner may also need an STI screen as they may also be infected with the virus and have no symptoms.

 

Remember – Regular screening at your local STI clinic is recommended to maintain your sexual health.

 

Treatment

Molluscum Contagiosum is normally successfully treated by freezing the growths. In some cases anti-viral creams may also be applied. This can be done at your local STI clinic.

If there are a lot of growths this may be a long process. In this case it is recommended that support be sought. If you are interested in seeking counselling and/or support, STI info/supports you can contact us.