Genital Schistosomiasis Collection
Urogenital schistosomiasis is a dangerous consequence of schistosome infections that drastically decreases quality of life, causes much misery and pain, leads to pelvic inflammation, infertility and can increase the likelihood of contracting other dangerous diseases such as HIV.
Schistosome eggs are dispersed through the blood system and can lodge in various organs, leading to tissue damage. When the eggs lodge in the genital tract they cause a form of the disease referred to as genital schistosomiasis. In women, where the impact is more apparent, this is called female genital schistosomiasis (FGS). In men it is called male genital schistosomiasis (MGS).
Symptoms of genital schistosomiasis include:
- Blood in urine
- Abdominal and pelvic pain
- Pain and difficulty urinating
- Pain and bleeding from intercourse and contact (e.g. from examination)
- Vaginal discharge
- Inflammation of the genitals
- Painful erection and ejaculation
- Blood in semen
- Glandular tumours near the prostate
Here we bring together all news, tools, training, advocacy and articles on genital schistosomiasis. Our aim is to create an online resource for all public health practicioners working on NTDs and reproductive & sexual health who particularly need access to genital schistosomiasis information and tools.
If you would like to send us any resources you think would be useful or have any questions on genital schistosomiasis please email us: anouk [dot] gouvras [at] eliminateschisto [dot] org