Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)
Alternate name: LGV
Fact sheet - Health conditions directory
Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a sexually transmissible infection (STI). It is caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. Some types of this bacteria cause the genital infection chlamydia. Other types of this bacteria cause LGV. Chlamydia and LGV are quite different infections. LGV causes ulcers or sores of the genital area and then invades the lymph glands in the pelvis and groin.
LGV is common in South and Central America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Africa. The infection has also spread to Europe, North America and Australia, where it is often diagnosed in men who have sex with men (MSM). In Australia, LGV is rare and occurs mainly in MSM and in people who have travelled or lived in countries where it is common.
Public health management guidelines
- List of all Pathological, clinical and provisional diagnosis notifiable conditions
- List of Public Health Unit contacts
- Notifiable conditions report form for Queensland clinicians (PHA S70) (PDF, 48kB) - if faxing notification, follow up by phone.
- Australian STI management guidelines for use in primary care - an online resource for primary care health professionals which provide concise information to support the prevention, testing, diagnosis, management and treatment of STIs.