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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HSV 1 and 2 are positive. But, my doctor says no treatment is required. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I am contacting you regarding some health issues. Recently, I got affected by some infection in the private parts, which looks like an ulcer with fluid. However, I neglected it and did not consult a doctor assuming it would be a simple urine infection. I then visited a gynecologist, and sh...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have noted your concern. You have genital herpes. It is a sexually transmitted disease and is caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV - type 1 and 2. Your test is positive for both HSV type 1 and type 2. IgM positivity and IgG negativ...  Read Full »

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

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 Singh Rathod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Since 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...  Read Full »

Is this normal to have bumps on the penis?

Query: Hello doctor, Recently I have had spots on my penis that have become noticeable. I have been diagnosed with ureaplasma and kidney stones. I had a computed tomography scan today because of the bumps on my genitals for the past month. I have a lousy tingling sensation in my urethra even after taking t...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. From the attached images (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) it is not herpes infection. Those are the Fordyce spots, which form on the penile skin and require no treatment because they usually go away...  Read Full »

I had sex wearing a condom, and now my testicles looks red. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, Had sex a week ago with a condom. The testicle now looks red. I have no pain or burning symptoms, though. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is an allergic reaction to latex contact. I would suggest the following medications. Apply 1 % Hydrocortisone cream or Desonide cream twice daily for ten days to reduce inflammation. Tablet Loratidine 10 mg once a day after breakfast for ten days. Apply moisturiz...  Read Full »

Is it possible to spread HSV-2 infection from an infected woman to a man during sex?

Query: Hello doctor,I have some questions about herpes. If a woman having HSV-2 who does not have a flare-up or showing any signs of HSV-2 currently has unprotected vaginal intercourse with a man who does not have HSV-2 or any other STD, then what are the chance of her infecting him with HSV-2? What are th...  Read Full »

Dr. Ankush Jairath

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I hope you are doing well. Coming back to your query. If a woman who has HSV-2, is not currently having a flare-up or showing any signs of having HSV-2, has unprotected vaginal intercourse with a man who does not have HSV-2 or any other STD, what are the chances of her...  Read Full »

Am I suffering from genital herpes?

Query: Hello doctor, It started with a burning pain during urination, which lasted two days with no other symptoms. The doctor said I had a UTI and advised me to drink plenty of fluids, which I did. Then two days after, there was a lump on my right labia. The painful urination has gone, but this lump on m...  Read Full »

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to First of all, there are no readily available blood tests for genital herpes, and most often, a clinical examination is enough to confirm it. This is a painful blister, and a possible cause is a genital herpes, with a previous history of urine infection for which ...  Read Full »

My partner has herpes 2. Is it possible for me to get herpes 1 as well from her?

Query: Hello doctor, My partner has herpes II. Last time, when I was tested before dating her, I did not have either herpes I or II. Is it possible for me to get herpes I and II from her? Or just herpes II?  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. Herpes simplex II is transmitted through sexual contact, and it causes genital herpes. If your girlfriend has herpes II, she can only transfer herpes II and not I. Also, kindly note that about 45 % of the people in your country are alrea...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from COVID-19 for the last five days, and I have some blister or ulcer on my penis. Do I have a herpes infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from COVID-19 for the last five days. But for two days, I am having some blister or ulcer or something on my penis near the urethra, and I am attaching a picture for reference. It erupted without any sexual contact with anyone for at least one and a half months. I ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Before ulcer formation, were there a group of yellow-colored blisters? Thank you.  Read Full »

Is the small bump under my penis genital herpes?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 25 years old. My height is 6'1" and weight 163 lbs. I have a small bump under the shaft of my penis. It looks like that it could be from masturbation, but I am not sure. There is no itching or burning. It is not an open sore either. I recently had protected oral sex with a sex worker...  Read Full »

Dr. Prathap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It appears to be a wart (attachment removed to protect patient identity). As you have a history of HPV (human papilloma virus) in the past, the wart should be the first concern. HPV depending on the strain cause both genital and non-genital warts. They are not painfu...  Read Full »

Two days ago, a person with sores drank from my glass. What are the possibilities of me getting herpes?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a bit nervous. Someone took a sip from my glass two days ago. The next day, this person had blisters around their mouth. So I am terrified I will get herpes. However, I still have not experienced any blisters, tingling, or burning sensations around my lips. Nevertheless, I am scared ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Based on the information provided, your worries look legitimate yet slightly accurate. In my opinion, it is normal to be afraid of the herpes simplex virus (a virus causing contagious sores, most often around the mouth or on the genitals) bli...  Read Full »

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