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 rash that comes and goes. Is it due to herpes?

Query: Hi, I developed a rash that comes and goes. When I apply Canesten cream, it goes away in a few hours, but it comes back after masturbation. Can you diagnose my problem based on this information? Are these rashes due to herpes?  Read Full »

Dr. Aleph

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Herpetic rash is due to the Herpes virus. It does not come and go. It stays there until it is managed. Also, Canestene cream would not work in herpetic rashes. Your rash is most probably related to your physical gestures. It ...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for the blisters on my penis?

Query: Hi doctor, I had foreplay the other night and stayed the night with the guy. Instead of going to the bathroom, I held it the entire night, and the next few days, I had a burning sensation when peeing, I tested for a UTI, but the results were negative. As urgent care, the doctor gave me an antibiotic...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. It looks like herpes genitalis (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity), and it is a viral infection of a genital organ that is sexually transmitted. For diagnosis, I suggest you need a blood test for the Herpes virus and the r...  Read Full »

I have a tickling sensation in a healing wound. Is it genital herpes?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a male, and I suspect genital herpes. There is no pain, but a tickling sensation is felt when the wound heals. Please help me, doctor. Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I will help you with your concern. I went through all the photos you sent (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It does not look like herpes. It seems like folliculitis. Folliculitis, commonly known as a boil, is a bacterial infection. To co...  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 »

My penis is bruised and there was a wart on the rim and some red pus. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,My penis is bruised, and I am feeling very uncomfortable. It hurts when I touch it. When I pulled the foreskin down, there was a wart on the rim. When I put a tissue over it, there was some red pus on the tissue. The foreskin is usually tight. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi,Welcome to understand your concern.Please provide me with more details. Let me know the answers to the below questions.1. Do you feel pain over the lesion?2. Do you have any pain in the groin?3. Do you have any discharge from the penis?4. Do you have any history of unprotected high-...  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 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. Pratik Patil

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 »

How to cure the wart-like growth on my foreskin that is recurrent?

Query: Hi doctor, I had wart-like growth on my foreskin. I consulted a doctor, who asked me to get a circumcision done. So I got the circumcision done. The biopsy result showed that they were viral warts (condyloma acuminatum), and the doctor gave me tablet Valtoval for a month. After going through the int...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concerns. You are right in saying that genital warts are caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), and even the biopsy of the excised skin confirmed the same. Although there are some reports that Valtoval (Valacyclovir) has some eff...  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 »

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