Last Updated on July 29, 2021 by Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT
Pictures of STIs/STDs
When looking for pictures of STIs/STDs on google or any other search engine, you’re bound to come across incredibly graphic, disgusting, and down right scary pictures of STDs.
While these pictures are sometimes real depictions of specific STIs/STDs, they are often the very worst case scenarios and can be meant to scare people into abstinence.
This serves absolutely no purpose when you think you might have something and would like to compare your physical symptoms to more realistic photos of first occurrences of STIs/STDs in people who are not immunocompromised (a lot of the gruesome photos you come across are from people who have additional medical conditions and, as a result, have much worse STD symptoms).
So, The STI Project has scoured the web yet again and has found the most reputable resources for molluscum contagiosum pictures. These images of molluscum contagiosum come from dermatologist’s websites or other similarly authoritative locations, include multiple molluscum contagiosum symptom severities, and also incorporate different skin types, symptom locations, and stages of molluscum contagiosum.
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While The STI Project STRONGLY encourages getting tested and discourages diagnosing or treating oneself via pictures alone (molluscum contagiosum pictures disclaimer), we realize the desire to compare one’s own symptoms with those of others in hopes of narrowing the possibilities. Maybe all of this is new to you; that’s ok – it’s not always easy to know if you should get STD testing done.
Remember, the most common STI/STD symptom is NO symptom at all; so, if you find your symptoms do not match any of the molluscum contagiosum images below, this does NOT mean you are STI negative and you should be tested as soon as possible to avoid complications of untreated STDs.
Furthermore, if you’ve engaged in ANY partnered sexual activity, you are at risk of contracting or transmitting an STI/STD (see this list of sexual activities that put you at risk for contracting an STD).
Without further ado, happy photo hunting!
Pictures of Molluscum Contagiosum
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- Kawada, Tomoyuki. “Molluscum contagiosum and associations with atopic eczema in children: a retrospective longitudinal study in primary care.” (2019).
- Loh, Tiffany Y., et al. “Molluscum Contagiosum of the Nipple-Areola Complex.” Nipple-Areolar Complex Reconstruction. Springer, Cham, 2018. 145-151.
- Fonocho, Ernest, Richard Murray, and Nail Aydin. “Disseminated coccidioidomycosis with molluscum-like lesions, diffuse lymphadenopathy, and splenomegaly in an immunocompetent patient.” International medical case reports journal 10 (2017): 251.
- Chikazawa, Sakiko, et al. “Widespread Molluscum Contagiosum with Atopic Dermatitis-like Skin Manifestations.” Acta dermato-venereologica 97.2 (2017): 291-292.
- DiBiagio, Jennifer R., Tia Pyle, and Justin J. Green. “Reviewing the use of imiquimod for molluscum contagiosum.” Dermatology online journal 24.6 (2018).
- Kaufman, William S., Christine S. Ahn, and William W. Huang. “Molluscum contagiosum in immunocompromised patients: AIDS presenting as molluscum contagiosum in a patient with psoriasis on biologic therapy.” Cutis 101.2 (2018): 136-140.
- Trčko, Katarina, et al. “Clinical, histopathological, and virological evaluation of 203 patients with a clinical diagnosis of molluscum contagiosum.” Open forum infectious diseases. Vol. 5. No. 11. US: Oxford University Press, 2018.
- Sorte, Hanne S., et al. “A potential founder variant in CARMIL2/RLTPR in three Norwegian families with warts, molluscum contagiosum, and T‐cell dysfunction.” Molecular genetics & genomic medicine 4.6 (2016): 604-616.
- Mendez-Rios, Jorge D., et al. “Molluscum contagiosum virus transcriptome in abortively infected cultured cells and a human skin lesion.” Journal of virology 90.9 (2016): 4469-4480.
- Uzuncakmak, Tugba K., et al. “Isolated giant molluscum contagiosum mimicking epidermoid cyst.” Dermatology practical & conceptual 6.3 (2016): 71.
- Guzman, Anthony K., et al. “Safety and efficacy of topical cantharidin for the treatment of pediatric molluscum contagiosum: a prospective, randomized, double‐blind, placebo‐controlled pilot trial.” International journal of dermatology 57.8 (2018): 1001-1006.
- Vakharia, Paras P., et al. “Efficacy and safety of topical cantharidin treatment for molluscum contagiosum and warts: a systematic review.” American journal of clinical dermatology 19.6 (2018): 791-803.
- Harel, Avikam, et al. “To Treat Molluscum Contagiosum or Not—Curettage: An Effective, Well‐Accepted Treatment Modality.” Pediatric dermatology 33.6 (2016): 640-645.
- Giner-Soriano, Maria, et al. “Randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial on efficacy and safety of topical 10% Potassium hydroxide for molluscum contagiosum treatment in children.” Journal of Dermatological Treatment (2019): 1-7.
- Haque, Malika, and Daniel L. Coury. “Treatment of molluscum contagiosum with an East Indian sandalwood oil product.” Journal of Dermatological Treatment 29.5 (2018): 531-533.
- Hodges, Ashley L., and Aimee C. Holland. “Prevention and Treatment of Injuries and Infections Related to Pubic Hair Removal.” Nursing for women’s health 21.4 (2017): 313-317.
- Allen, H. B., R. M. Allawh, and S. Ballal. “Virally-Induced, Intracellular Biofilms; Novel Findings in Molluscum Contagiosum.” Clin Microbiol 6.302 (2017): 2.
- Scott, Christopher M., Ronald R. Lubritz, and Gloria F. Graham. “Prevention and management of complications.” Dermatological Cryosurgery and Cryotherapy. Springer, London, 2016. 235-240.
- Damevska, Katerina, and Arben Emurlai. “molluscum Contagiosum in a Patient with Atopic Dermatitis.” New England Journal of Medicine 377.21 (2017): e30.
- Hall, Anthony. “Molluscum Contagiosum.” Atlas of Male Genital Dermatology. Springer, Cham, 2019. 91-92.
- Neri, Iria, et al. “Congenital molluscum contagiosum.” Paediatrics & child health 22.5 (2017): 241.
- Zhuang, Kaiwen, et al. “Atypical infantile genital Molluscum contagiosum.” Anais brasileiros de dermatologia 90.3 (2015): 403-405.
- Nunns, David, and Rosalind Simpson. “Molluscum Contagiosum.” Vulvar Disease. Springer, Cham, 2019. 105-106.
- Bhengra, Masuma P., et al. “HAART–The best treatment modality for widespread and disfigured giant molluscum contagiosum.” Journal of Pakistan Association of Dermatology 25.4 (2016): 314-318.
- Ruby, Kristen N., Ann E. Perry, and Konstantinos Linos. “Expanding the Morphologic Heterogeneity of Stromal Changes in Molluscum Contagiosum Infection.” The American Journal of Dermatopathology 40.12 (2018): 941-943.