Herpes is a viral infection caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). It causes lesions in the genitals, lips, oral mucosa, and face. The symptoms include blisters, ulcers, cold sores, vaginal discharge, and pain on urinating.

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I had a herpes virus infection after having sex with a commercial sex worker. What are the chances of getting HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I had protected sex with a massage parlor woman but had a herpes outbreak above my penis; it was pretty high. I am worried about HIV. Kindly help.   Read Full »

Dr. Davie Wong

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. The chance of contracting HIV in this situation is highly variable, depending on many factors. Having genital herpes at the time of sexual intercourse does increase the risk. Other factors include proper or improper use of a condom, wh...  Read Full »

Can HSV positive cause abortion?

Query: Hi doctor, Myself and my wife got tested for chromosome test as my wife had failed premature delivery. The test result indicates that we are HSV IgG positive, CMV and rubella positive. Please suggest me.  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This indicates that TORCH infections (toxoplasmosis, other - syphilis, etc., rubella, cytomegalovirus and herpes) might have caused the premature delivery or stillbirth. HSV (herpes simplex virus) causes herpes, CMV is cytomegalovirus and rubella is another v...  Read Full »

What could be the cause for the sore at the tip of my lips?

Query: Hi doctor, I have this sudden sore at the tip of my lips. I am wondering what could it be. I used to have frequent fat sacks, but this seems very different. I am attaching a close-up photo of it. Please advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your complaint and have seen the attached photograph (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You are having herpes infection which is a viral infection. You should try taking a course of antiviral like tablet Acyclovir 400 mg thrice in a ...  Read Full »

I am getting worried, tensed, and scared a bit about why the last two STD testing results are coming positive. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, The last time I informed you of the details and information regarding protected sex with a condom before five months ago. And after 16 weeks and six days, I had done STD testing. I have attached my reports. Please check and help me with this. I am getting worried, tensed, and scared a bit...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. Positive IgG (immunoglobulin G) indicates past infection of herpes which in your case is positive. And once it is positive, it is always going to remain positive. There is no need to worry about that. Also, ther...  Read Full »

Can HSV infect my child with atopic dermatitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question about HSV 1 and 2 and their infectious ability on surfaces outside the host. My sister has a cold sore and keeps touching everything without washing her hands. My child has atopic dermatitis. I fear him contracting an infection with HSV that can be life-threatening. T...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. The herpes simplex virus in a cold sore is contagious. It can spread to others by kissing, sharing cups or utensils, sharing washed clothes, or touching the cold sore before it is healed. The virus can also spread ...  Read Full »

What is the cause for getting swollen and tender lower lips every two months?

Query: Hi doctor,I would like to give an insight into my problem, with started ending of last year. I noticed that I have some dry skin on my lower lip and a very small scab just underneath it. I ignored the same and thought it is due to winter. Five months back, I had a tender lower lip, which eventually ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your clinical image (attachment removed to protect patient identity) is more for folliculitis over the chin area with cheilitis over the lips. From your image, the lesions do not appear herpetic at present. The investigations also support the same. Also, the repeated ...  Read Full »

Can Levaquin be used for gonorrhea?

Query: Hi doctor, I did IgG test for HSV-1 and HSV-2 after four months of possible exposure, which was negative. Is it conclusive? Is there any need to do IgM test? If IgG is negative, can I consider that I am not infected?  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Manchanda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The time required for IgG (immunoglobulin G) antibodies to develop after the exposure to HSV (herpes simplex virus) is usually 21 to 42 days. A negative HSV IgG means that you have probably not been exposed to HSV. HSV IgM (immunoglobulin M) will tell whether yo...  Read Full »

I have bumps on my penis with pus discharge upon squeezing hard. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, There are bumps on my penis that are not healing for long. If I squeeze it hard, a small amount of pus comes out. I am diagnosed with HSV 1. I never had unprotected sex; I just had oral sex. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Kindly answer the below-mentioned questions so that I could guide you better.1. How long have you been experiencing this problem?2. Is there any discharge from the penis?3. When did unprotected sex happen?4. Have you taken any treatment?I have...  Read Full »

Post herpes attack, I am suffering from Bells's palsy. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor, Post a severe attack of herpes on the left shoulder, left ear (in and out), chest, and back I am now suffering from Bell's palsy on the left side. Symptoms are as follows: Cannot raise left eyebrow. Cannot tighten left nostril. Cannot move lips (left side). Left eye constantly watery....  Read Full »

Dr. Ambekar Sudheer

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I suggest we do not start on steroids now as there is an active herpes infection which can flare up with steroids. Once it is six to eight weeks of Acyclovir therapy, we can start Dexamethasone 4 mg eighth hourly. However, you will have to consult your physician, dis...  Read Full »

I am having discomfort after having unprotected oral sex and using hand sanitizer on my penis. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected oral sex from the escort. Right after, I panicked, used a hand sanitizer on my penis, and washed it with alcohol-based handwash. So I made quite a few mistakes here. Since then, I have had a bit of discomfort in the genitals. After six days, I woke up with blisters on th...  Read Full »

Dr. Madhav Tiwari

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Because of your history of using alcohol-based sanitizer, it is very difficult to say whether this is a skin reaction or a herpes lesion. The only thing that goes against herpes is how quickly it disappears. Usually, herpes lesions will be extremely painful and leave u...  Read Full »

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