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

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Published At November 18, 2017
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Patient's 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 she asked me to take a swab and urine culture test. She just gave me a cream to apply, but it did not help. She referred me to a dermatologist, who did a check-up and asked me to test for HSV 1 and 2, both IgG and IgM. She gave me some tablets to take (antibiotic and antiviral). I am still on the medication. I will be completing it in another one or two days. Today, I got my report, and both the virus came positive. So, I consulted the doctor and asked for treatment. She said that there was no treatment needed as I was not having pain or itching. However, she said it would occur again in the future. My concern is if I am not going to be treated, how will I get cured? Can I have a call with you?

Answered by Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

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 negative mean that it is a recently acquired infection.

Herpes simplex virus, once acquired, stays inside the body and may cause intermittent episodes of genital sores (recurrent herpes). The frequency and severity of the recurrences decrease with time. Treatment is required only during a clinical episode of genital sores. The treatment of individual episodes is with oral antivirals like Valacyclovir and Acyclovir.

You can call me via phone consultation facility.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sushil Kakkar
Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Dermatology

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