Symptoms of LGV start about 3 days to 3 weeks after infection. It usually starts with a painless ulcer or small lump, or groups of ulcers that look like herpes, usually in the rectal area. It can also cause symptoms of urethritis, such as pain when urinating and a penile discharge. The lesions can also appear on the penis. Local enlargement of lymph nodes with sinus or abscess formation is also possible.
After this the infection can progress to systemic symptoms, with enlarged lymph nodes, fever, headache and nausea. If undiagnosed and left untreated people can develop symptoms as late as 20 years after infection with rectal pain and discharge, a feeling of having to evacuate the bowels and thin stools.
LGV can cause serious illness and harm and if you have any symptoms that you are concerned about it is vital that you see a doctor familiar with sexual health issues and get yourself checked over. Treatment is very easy and certainly beats suffering from the above symptoms.