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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 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 »

How to handle genital herpes and a tighter penile foreskin?

Query: Hi doctor,I was infected by genital herpes three years back. Now I have reddish spots and rashes with itching skin and little tingling effects. The fungus can be noticed every morning when I woke up. My penile foreskin is tighter compared to before. Can you please help me out with this problem?  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I hope you are doing well. Having gone through the history provided and the images (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) provided from your end, it appears to be balanitis. Balanitis may be caused due to multiple reasons, including dryness as well a...  Read Full »

I have syphilis and a sore in my mouth and genital area. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I was diagnosed with syphilis at the same time as genital herpes. However, I have had all the syphilis symptoms but no genital herpes. It has been about a month since the first sore appeared. I thought it was just my body irritated from tight clothing or something. When it first happened, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Sexually transmitted infections can be combined, and the test is likely wrong. Syphilis has symptoms only in the primary or acute phase, but secondary and tertiary do not have pain. However, treatment should be taken as soon as possible as...  Read Full »

What does a recurrent itchy pimples between penis and pubic area suggest?

Query: Hello doctor,It has been six months that I have been getting small red bumps on my penis which come and go and it is always in the same area. I had four events during the last six months. I was afraid of herpes, so I went and got a blood PCR HSV test which came negative (this is after my first encou...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the pictures. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This is a classical herpes genitalis. A positive antibody test for HSV 1 and 2 substantiates that. The virus causing herpes stays dormant in the nerve cells, causing no symptoms. In most pe...  Read Full »

Can I still get HIV with condoms due to my herpes infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a history of genital herpes, and the infected area is at the base of my penis where condoms do not cover. Should I worry about HIV(Human Immunodeficiency Virus) if I use condoms regularly in the future? Or will I get HIV despite using condoms because of my herpes infection?  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to An open wound or raw area is a potential focus for acquiring viral infections like HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)when contacted with an infected partner. However, once the wound heals, the risk falls back to that of normal skin as elsewhere. The risk for HIV in your c...  Read Full »

I have white bumps near my vaginal opening. Can it be a yeast infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I thought I had a yeast infection. So, used Monistat injectable and cream. Itching and discharge have gone but I just noticed raised bumps near vagina opening. I am terrified.  Read Full »

Dr. Eeshani Dutta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The lesions appear to be genital herpes. But, do not worry, they are not here to stay. These bumps will gradually fade away within a week. If you are in pain, sit in a saltwater bath, apply ice packs, take Paracetamol. Most of the time, it can be confirmed with a swab t...  Read Full »

What causes red spots on penis and white discharge in foreskin after safe sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30-year-old male. A few days ago, I had safe sex with a condom. Now, I have two red dots on my penis. It also hurts when I urinate. When I pull down the foreskin, there is a whitish discharge. I am pretty sure I have caught some type of STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases). I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand that you are worried. This looks like herpes but to be sure I will need a few more details. After how many days of the event did you notice these spots? Do you have any burning sensation? Are there any spots on the scrotum, lips, etc? Are you allergic to a...  Read Full »

Do stinging and tingling bumps on the vagina indicate genital herpes?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28-year-old female. For years even before I had intercourse, I have been experiencing pain inside the left area of my vagina. It is dull, but I feel like something is there. I visited doctors, but they say nothing is there. It happens around my period time, ovulation, or when the p...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Looking at the history and the photographs (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), It looks like you have recurrent herpes genitalis. The condition is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). So it would help if you got yourself checked up for all other...  Read Full »

Can genital herpes spread from my son to his pregnant sister?

Query: Hello doctor, My 26-year-old son suspects to have genital herpes. He had one outbreak of something in his genitals about six weeks ago but no other symptoms. He has not seen a doctor nor has he had any testing. He does not believe he has it. He is going to spend this weekend with his sister who is 1...  Read Full »

Dr. Neha Rathod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As there is no evidence of the infection, there is nothing to worry about. However, it is always better to get checked once and take necessary precautions. Just try to avoid sharing the toiletries in case you are suspicious about genital herpes. As the pregnancy is a...  Read Full »

I am emotionally disturbed due to my health problems. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 28 and weigh 115 lbs. I have an ulcerative colitis flare up, a cold sore outbreak, genital herpes outbreak, and a knee injury that will not heal. The lab tests confirmed an infection with both the herpes viruses. What is happening to me? I work 65 hours a week as a geologist. M...  Read Full »

Dr. Patil Pratik Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to All these symptoms you described are associated with a single disease activity. This is a rheumatological disease. It is basically an inflammatory response to some unknown gene or immune cell. You will need to be evaluated for the same. Once diagnosed, the treatment is...  Read Full »

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