Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV): guidance, data and analysis

The characteristics, diagnosis and epidemiology of LGV.

Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a sexually transmitted infection caused by 3 serovars of Chlamydia trachomatis: serovars L1, L2 and L3.

LGV is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) and can be caught through unprotected sexual intercourse.

Symptoms can be complex and severe and may involve multiple sites in the body such as the genitals, the anus, rectum, oral cavity and lymph nodes.

LGV can be treated with antibiotics.

Good sexual health is the best means of prevention from LGV infection.

For symptoms and general information on LGV, visit Terrence Higgins Trust.


  1. LGV infections in the UK: trends and epidemiology
  2. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs): annual data tables


The British Association for Sexual Health & HIV (BASHH) issues UK national guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment and management of all sexually transmitted infections.

Bristish HIV Association (BHIVA)

Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare

Published 22 May 2009
Last updated 5 July 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated with LGV 2015 report.

  2. First published.