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Molluscum Contagiosum

Description:

It is a viral infection caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus.

Effects:

  • You can pass it on to your sexual partner(s)

Cause:

  • Direct skin-to-skin contact
  • Vaginal, oral or anal sex (protected or unprotected)

Symptoms:

  • Pearly smooth fluid-filled bumps on your skin
  • They are most common in the genital area, the inner thighs and the lower abdomen

Treatment:

  • Freezing the lumps using a special technique
  • The virus stays in your system so the lumps may come back

Prevention:

  • Protect your sexual health - always use a new condom correctly and put it on before you have sex

(Source: Health Service Executive (HSE), 2007)