What instructions should a patient be given to prevent transmission of molluscum contagiosum?

Updated: Aug 09, 2018
  • Author: Ashish C Bhatia, MD, FAAD, FACMS; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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In adolescent and adult patient populations, this disease is usually sexually transmitted. Encourage safe sex and abstinence; however, whether condoms and other barrier methods provide adequate protection against transmission is unclear.

Emphasize that not all STDs are as benign as molluscum contagiosum virus (eg, herpes simplex, gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV). Stress adherence to abstinence until lesions resolve. In the patient with multiple sexual partners or other risk factors, HIV testing is strongly recommended. Note that not all cases in adults are sexually transmitted. This diagnosis can cause significant relationship stress.

For patient education information, see the Skin Conditions and Beauty Center, as well as Molluscum Contagiosum.


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