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Transmission, symptoms and screening for molluscum contagiosum

What are molluscum contagiosum?

These are small warts that can be sexually transmitted.

How are 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 may appear on various parts of the body.
  • They can be found on 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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