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Q. Can herpes simplex virus infect upper respiratory tract?

Answered by
Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 24, 2022

Hello doctor,

I had protected sex with a sex worker four days back. I have sore throat and white spots in the back of my throat since then. Should I be concerned?

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Hi,

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The chances of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) transmission in single protected intercourse is nil. But the STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) like the herpes simplex virus can be spread by skin-to-skin contact, kissing, and sex with the infected person. It affects the respiratory tract. Consult your doctor for examination.


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