Is molluscum contagiosum considered an STD?

Molluscum contagiosum is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) in adults as it can be spread by skin-to-skin contact during sex. It’s characterised by small, smooth, round, pearly lumps with a central core. The infection usually resolves itself, but treatment can shorten the length of symptoms.

Will molluscum show up on STD test?

As the bumps caused by molluscum are painless, you may not notice an infection. Visual examination of the genital area is the primary way that these infections are detected. Molluscum contagiosum would not be detected through urine or blood tests.

Can you get molluscum from a towel?

How does it spread? The molluscum contagiosum virus commonly spreads through skin-to-skin contact. This includes sexual contact or touching the bumps and then touching the skin. Touching an object that has the virus on it, such as a towel, also can spread the infection.

What happens if you pop a molluscum contagiosum?

Lesions often become inflamed, which makes parents worry about infection, but “the reality is that molluscum is almost never infected. If you take a little blade or needle and pop into it, you are not going to get pus out,” Dr. Treat said.

What can molluscum be confused with?

The following diseases should be considered in the differential diagnosis of molluscum contagiosum: cryptococcosis, basal cell carcinoma, keratoacanthoma, histoplasmosis, coccidioidomycosis, and verruca vulgaris.

Should I pop molluscum?

Treat the bumps only if your dermatologist or other health care provider recommends doing so. If you try to remove the bumps on your own or squeeze out the fluid inside, you risk spreading the virus to other parts of your body. Keep the bumps clean and wash your hands after touching the molluscum.

What are the symptoms of molluscum contagiosum?

Symptoms of molluscum contagiosum. Molluscum contagiosum may cause small lumps or lesions (around 1–5 mm in diameter) to appear on the skin of the thighs, genitals and abdominal area. It usually does not affect other parts of your body.

Can a person with molluscum contagiosum have sex?

People with suppressed immune systems may take longer for molluscum contagiosum to clear. Sexual partners of a person with molluscum contagiosum do not need treatment if they have no lesions on their body. Bacterial infections can complicate molluscum contagiosum, however, this is rare.

How does the molluscum virus spread from child to child?

The molluscum virus can spread to other parts of the body through the bath water. If your child does have a bath, don’t share baths with other children and avoid bath toys. The virus can be spread when drying with a towel, so try to dry areas with the molluscum spots last.

How is molluscum contagiosum different from herpes virus?

Molluscum contagiosum is not like herpes viruses, which can remain dormant (“sleeping”) in your body for long periods and then reappear. Typical molluscum bumps. Note the pearly appearance and the dimple in the center of the bumps. Image courtesy L. Sperling, MD, Walter Reed Army Medical Center.