Other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

LGV (Lymphogranuloma venereum)

LGV is a type of chlamydia bacterial infection which can travel to your lymph nodes (glands) and bottom. Although symptoms may vary, you commonly develop a painful sore in the rectal area. Very rarely it can affect the mouth, throat or vagina. It is mostly commonly found among men who have sex with men. If you have LGV, a rectal swab for chlamydia will be positive and can then be sent to test specifically for LGV. Treatment is usually a three week course of antibiotics.

Shigella

Shigella is a stomach infection which is often mistaken for food poisoning as it causes severe diarrhoea and stomach cramps. You may pass blood or mucus with the diarrhoea and you may have nausea, vomiting and a fever. It is mostly found amongst men who have sex with men and symptoms can occur 1-2 days after you catch the infection and usually last 1 week. It may require treatment with antibiotics.