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Molluscum Contagiosum STD Brief
These briefs are intended to give readers (specifically those readers who weren’t aware many of these STDs existed) an overview of each STD, their commonality, treatment options, and diagnostic tests available.
This information is by no means all-encompassing and The STI Project encourages using these briefs as primers and then further delving into the resources section when subsequent questions arise.
Molluscum Contagiosum Symptoms, Test & Treatment
Common? Quite common – Around 200,000 to 800,000 people infected in the U.S. annually
Symptoms Small, waxy, round growths in the genital area or on the thighs. There is often a tiny indentation in the middle of the growth. Symptoms usually appear between two to three months after infection. Often there are no other symptoms. But sometimes the bumps may itch or feel tender to the touch.
Cure? A health care provider can remove the small growths with chemicals, with an electrical current, or by freezing them. Or you can use a prescription medicine that can be applied at home.
Bacterial/Viral/ Fungal/Parasitic Viral
Test Examining the growths. Your provider may also take a scraping from a growth to look at with a microscope.
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