STI: Granuloma Inguinale

This STI is not that common in Ireland, but it’s good to be aware

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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 Granuloma Inguinale is transmitted

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.

Symptoms of Granuloma Inguinale

You must be diagnosed by your doctor or at a sexual health clinic.

  • 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.

Treatment for Granuloma Inguinale

Granuloma Inguinale is treated with a course of antibiotics. Sometimes, symptoms can re-occur after treatment.

How to prevent Granuloma Inguinale

You can decrease your risk of becoming infected with Granuloma Inguinale by always using condoms whenever you have vaginal, anal or oral sex.

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