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Santé Montréal

Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)

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Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) which attacks the lymph nodes and vessels. LGV is caused by three specific strains (L1, L2 and L3) of the Chlamydia trachomatis bacterium (the other strains of this bacterium cause chlamydiosis).

It was once found primarily in tropical countries but it started to appear in Canada several years ago.

Left untreated, LGV can lead to serious complications and even death.

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When to Consult

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Protection and prevention

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Risk factors

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Help and Resources

Info-Santé 8-1-1.

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People at Risk

For the time being, in Canada, LGV mainly affects men who have sex with men.

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Dernière mise à jour le : 2018.06.11