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Is Molluscum Contagiosum An Std ?

Is Molluscum Contagiosum An Std ?

Molluscum Contagiosum mostly infects little children. But in some cases, it can affect adults too, especially via sexual contact. So, is Molluscum Contagiosum an STD because of this? The answer is yes, Molluscum Contagiosum can be considered an STD, but only when the infection is transmitted sexually. There are 4 types of poxvirus that caused this skin disease. In young children it is caused by MCV-1 while as an STD, it is caused by MCV-2


Is Molluscum Contagiosum An Std

Symptoms of Molluscum Contagiosum as an STD

  1. MC bumps are all similar. Its diameter is usually less than 5 millimeters and the colors are mostly pink and white. There is a small dimple on the center of the bump. If you squeeze it, white and creamy liquid will come out of it. The liquid is the virus and it is highly contagious. It is not recommended to scratch or pop it to prevent the virus spreading to adjacent areas.
  2. In young children, the bumps usually appear under the armpits, behind the knees, face or arms and legs. As an STD, the bumps mostly appear around the genital area and inner thighs. In fact, if the bumps appear in those areas, it may be a sign that the virus is sexually transmitted.
  3. Molluscum Contagiosum is an external STD. The bumps only appear in the skin area and not inside the genital or mucous membrane.
  4. Unlike other STD such as herpes, MC doesn’t have a dormant stage. Even though it can take months and even years to fully heal, once the bumps are gone, you are considered cured from the infection.

How Molluscum Contagiosum Spreads

As an STD, this disease is transmitted through sexual intercourse. When one party has it, the other will be at high risk of showing the same symptoms sooner or later. You can get MC again if you are in contact with the virus again. Therefore, it is necessary for both parties to get treatment, otherwise, they will keep infecting each other.

However, even in adults, sexual contact is not the only way this infection can spread. MC is very contagious. You can get this disease from skin to skin contact and contact with contaminated object. When you or your partner is having this disease, it is best to cover the bumps with waterproof band aid to minimize chance of contagion. Change the bed sheets at least every two days and wash the towel after every uses.