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August 1968

Molluscum Contagiosum of the Adult: Probable Venereal Transmission

Author Affiliations

USAR; Fort Benning, Ga

From the Dermatology Service, Martin Army Hospital, Fort Benning, Ga. Dr. Lynch is now at the Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Arch Dermatol. 1968;98(2):141-143. doi:10.1001/archderm.1968.01610140039008

Fifty-five adult patients with molluscum contagiosum were seen during a seven-month period. The lesions were confined to the genital area in all of the patients. Ninety-six percent of the patients had had extramarital sexual intercourse shortly before the appearance of the lesions. These two findings indicated a relationship between coitus and molluscum contagiosum. True venereal transfer seemed likely but could not be proved. In addition some unusual clinical aspects of the disease were noted.