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Transmission, symptoms and screening for molluscum contagiosum

What is molluscum contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection (small growths) that can be sexually transmitted.

How is molluscum contagiosum transmitted?

This skin infection can be transmitted during:

  • Direct skin-to-skin contact
  • The use of contaminated wet towels, tanning beds or sports equipment
  • Sexual contacts

By scratching the lesions, it is possible to self-contaminate or spread the infection from one part of the body to another.

What are the symptoms of molluscum contagiosum?

  • Small, firm, smooth-surfaced, flesh-coloured or pearly-white growths or bumps appearing on various parts of the body (hands, buttocks, face, stomach, thighs or genitals.)
  • They usually occur 1 to 3 months after exposure. They can last from 6 months to 2 years. When they disappear, the virus has been eliminated.

How to get tested?

  • Skin examination by a health professional

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