Genital Herpes

Infection with herpes simplex virus (HSV) that causes sores, pain, and itching in the genital area is called genital herpes. The virus remains dormant in the body for years after the initial infection. Medications can only ease the symptoms but cannot cure it.

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I have been experiencing some bumps on my vagina. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I recently had unprotected sex and now I have started to notice bumps in my vagina. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Sanap Sneha Umrao

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. This is looking like ulcer. It could be herpes or other STI (sexually transmitted infection). Do a human papilloma virus (HPV) test and avoid sexual activity untill you complete your medicine course. Use a condoms while having intercourse and...  Read Full »

What is the possible mode of transmission of genital herpes?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a mouth-to-mouth kiss with a female but no intercourse. The next day, she revealed that she had been diagnosed with genital herpes a year and a half ago. She is undergoing ayurvedic treatment and has been free of outbreaks for the past year. She has never had an outbreak in her m...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There are possibilities of transmission of the herpes simplex virus if there are active lesions in the area of contact. It is possible if she had any active lesion; otherwise, the chances are less. I suggest a few tests, 1) HSV-1 (herpes simplex virus) and HSV-2. 2) I...  Read Full »

I have had a dead skin and a very small scab near my genitals with no pain and itching. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, This was the first time I discovered that there was dead skin and a very small scab near my genitals. I do not know what was there before this happened but, there was no pain, itching, etc. And a few weeks later, I found these lesions again. It was the same. What is this? The last phot...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. As the lesions are subsiding, it is difficult to tell what they would have been. Right now it looks like there would have been a superficial erosion, which is healing (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It can be ...  Read Full »

My fiancee recently tested positive for HSV2, and I am worried that I might contract the illness because I have had environmental allergies. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My fiancee recently told me that he tested positive for HSV2. We have never shared a kiss or been kissed; we are devoted to maintaining our virginity before the marriage. I am frightened of contracting the illness. I tend to get colds or diseases going around, and I have really bad env...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. It is a positive thing that he has disclosed. And it is now up to you. Compared to an active infection with genital sores, a quiet illness is far less contagious. Of course, a person can shed without showing any sym...  Read Full »

I have a small reddish raised line on my penis after I had unprotected sex. Can it be herpes?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a small reddish skin-colored raised line on my penis after I had unprotected sex. But it is painless. Can it be herpes? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. V. Srikanth Reddy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. It seems you have balanoposthitis. It is a kind of mild yeast infection. You are suffering from candidal balanoposthitis which is a fungal infection of the foreskin and glans penis. It presents as itching, red s...  Read Full »

I had a genital herpes outbreak six days ago. My vagina is swollen, and hot to touch, with more vaginal discharge. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a genital herpes outbreak for the last six days, but there are no visible lesions or bumps. But now my vaginal area is swollen, hot to touch, and very sensitive and painful. I have a little more discharge than usual, which makes me wonder if this has turned into a yeast infe...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. You are experiencing more vaginal discharge, and a swollen, and hot vagina. I suggest you do the following: 1. It is better to have high vaginal discharge to check the type of vaginal infection. 2. Follow strict local hygeine. 3. Use...  Read Full »

Can STD spread through oral sex?

Query: Hi doctor, Four days ago, I had oral sex with a lady, who I already know. Though no intercourse happened, I am worried about STDs. Please suggest if I have to undergo any test. I am very tensed for this and I want to clear my mind. I do not have any problem except stress. Also, please explain where ...  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Oral sex does not cause HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) to the recipient. It may cause genital herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis and warts if these infections are present in the partner. Your doctor may advise you to get HSV 1 and 2 (herpes simplex virus) an...  Read Full »

I have red bumps on my penis, body aches, tingling sensations, and frequent urination, with a high PSA, after unprotected sex. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex with my partner, and she had eczema on her hands. Now, I have body aches, tingling sensations all over my body, and frequent urination. I also have bumps on my penis, but it is not painful, and there is no discharge. Before this sexual activity, I had consulted a uro...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The clinical diagnosis of genital herpes should always be confirmed by laboratory testing, including serotyping antibodies, IgG (immunoglobulin G), and IgM (immunoglobulin M). The definitive diagnosis of genital herpes relies on demonstrating ...  Read Full »

I have painful ulcers, after using hair removal cream in my bikini area. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have used hair removal cream on my bikini area and never had any reactions before. But, this time it irritated my labia, and I have two painful ulcers. I have been using Vagisil and Hc45 hydrocortisone cream for three days, but it is still the same. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. From the pictures attached, it appears like herpes genitalis (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). I suggest you the tablet Acyclovir (antiviral drug) 200 mg tablet, five times a day for five days, and the following tests: 1...  Read Full »

What could be the cause of penis blisters?

Query: Hello doctor,I have blisters on the head of my penis due to masturbation without proper lubricant. I thought that it would heal by itself in a few days but now the blister popped and the skin is very tender and hurts to the touch. Also, another blister of sort, developed on the tip. It cannot be an ...  Read Full »

Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are a few conditions which cause painful blisters even without a sexual contact, like genital herpes, primary syphilis, impetigo among others. Please provide more details: Are these blisters painful or painless? Is there a discharge that you noticed? Is th...  Read Full »

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