*Update to the whole Molluscum thing. A bit of conflicting advice now on the length of being contagious. But never fear a simple work around that has the big thumbs up from the clinic nurse and makes me feel much better is to cover the area with a clear dressing. I’ll do this for a while.
Well this is news. Early this week I had two ingrown hair on my pubic area, nothing unusual. Got the hairs out, the little bumps resolved and life continued. Then this morning I woke up to find two small red bumps had come up in the same spot plus one new one. So what does a sex worker do? Cancelled my morning booking and trotted straight down to my lovely sexual health clinic for a checkup. The decision was that the bumps were Molluscum Contagiousum, which is not an STI as such but are transmitted by skin contact, and which were treated by freezing with liquid nitrogen.
From SA Health…
Molluscum contagiosusm is a common skin infection caused by the molluscipoxvirus.
The virus is transmitted by direct skin-to-skin contact where there are minor breaks in the skin and is most common in children. The virus can also be transmitted sexually when it affects the genital area.
The virus causes small, usually 2 to 5 mm, painless, pink or pearly white lumps on the skin. The top of the lump is indented and contains a white core. The infection is not serious, as it only affects the skin and will disappear without treatment although this may take several months. Individual lumps often disappear after about 2 months, but often there will be more than one lump and they will not all disappear until 6 to 9 months. There are no long-term ill effects following molluscum contagiosum. People who are immune suppressed may have more lesions and these may take longer to clear up.
The advice I was given was as mine were very new and tiny the freezing treatment was enough and I can continue to work although I will have red marks for a week or two. However rather than choosing to continue working I will fully disclose this to clients before the booking and they can make their own decision on whether they would like to cancel/reschedule until the freeze marks have gone or not. From the clinic I was given this information and SWOP has the following sex worker specific info
I could easily choose to say nothing and I guarantee you wouldn’t notice but I’m an honest lass 🙂