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Is Molluscum Contagiosum an STBBI?

Molluscum Contagiosum is a viral skin infection that can be transmitted sexually. It is highly contagious and is passed skin-to-skin. Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a poxvirus, adults can contract molluscum contagiosum through sexual activity.  Those with compromised immune systems are more vulnerable to contract the infection. Since skin-to-skin contact is the main mode of transmission, it’s commonly found in children (in day cares & schools).

Treatment is recommended even if the infection is less severe compared to many other STBBIs. Unlike other STBBIs, molluscum contagiosum typically does not cause pain. The lesions can become infected if left untreated.

You may want to get in touch with your health care provider if you are concerned about molluscum contagiosum. Here is a link that provides you with more information about molluscum contagiosum: