Molluscum Contagiosum Facts (cont.)

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Is it possible to prevent molluscum contagiosum?

It is possible to reduce the chance of getting the disease by avoiding any direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. Contact with items touched recently by an infected person (clothing, towels, and benches, for example) should also be avoided. Either not having sexual contact (genital or oral) or using condoms can prevent some individuals from getting the disease, but if the condom does not cover an infected area, it's still possible to infect a sex partner.

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United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Clinical Information: Molluscum Contagiosum." Jan. 13, 2011. <http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/molluscum/
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United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Molluscum (Molluscum Contagiosum)." Jan. 13, 2011. <http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/molluscum/faq/
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United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Molluscum (Molluscum Contagiosum)." Jan. 13, 2011. <http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/
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United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Molluscum (Molluscum Contagiosum) Frequently Asked Questions for Everyone." Jan. 13, 2011. <http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/
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