STI: Granuloma Inguinale
This STI is not that common in Ireland
What is Granuloma Inguinale?
Granuloma Inguinale is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). It is not common in Ireland. Most people in Ireland who are diagnosed with Granuloma Inguinale have been in regions where it is more common, such as Sub-Saharan Africa.
How do you get it?
Granuloma Inguinale is transmitted through having sex without a condom, with someone who is infected with it. This can be vaginal, anal or oral sex.
How do I know if have it?
You must be diagnosed by your doctor or at a sexual health clinic.
Symptoms of granuloma inguinale include:
- Small painless lumps on the genitals
- Occasionally, small painless lumps around the anus or mouth
- Deeper ulcers around the genitals, anus, thighs and belly. These ulcers may have a foul smell
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should go to your GP or sexual health clinic. You can find a list of sexual health clinics here.
How is it treated?
Granuloma Inguinale is treated with a course of antibiotics. Sometimes, symptoms can re-occur after treatment.
How can it be prevented?
You can decrease your risk of becoming infected with Granuloma Inguinale by always using condoms whenever you have vaginal, anal or oral sex.