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Molluscum Contagiosum, is a viral infection, related to the virus that causes warts. It is not a dangerous infection and is more irritating than anything else. However Molluscum contagiosum, as the name suggests is highly infectious.
Molluscum Contagiosum Symptoms
Small, see through, tiny blisters, which usually have a dimple in the middle.
The time time from infection to developing symptoms, can be anywhere between 2-8 weeks. The lesions often appear in clusters and the fluid inside the papules is highly infectious.
Although Molluscum Contagiosum can be transmitted through sexual contact, as with crabs, it can also be passed on through sharing of towels or clothes with someone who has the virus. It is therefore not strictly speaking only sexually transmitted. It is often seen in outbreaks in nurseries where children pass it between themselves. However if it appears in an adult it is generally due to sexual transmission
Molluscum Contagiosum usually clears up by itself within 6-18 months, but you can have them treated with liquid nitrogen if you cannot wait this long. There is a risk of scarring if you have repeated freezing sessions, so you might just want to leave them alone. I can perform freezing ( cryotherapy) onsite in my clinic but you will normally require more than one treatment.
I have over 14 years experience providing sexual health screening and I offer a completely confidential, professional, non judgemental service from start to end. If you are not sure if you have been at risk, then I offer a normal consultation to discuss the possible risks and whether screening would be appropriate. We discuss and agree all costs beforehand so you know exactly where you stand and I will always provide you with clear and accurate advice based on current British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH )guidelines.