Herpes 1

Herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) mainly causes cold sores and blisters around the mouth and on the face. It spreads from sharing utensils, kissing, and sharing lip products.

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Should I take Acyclovir medicine for asymptomatic HSV-1 IgG positive results?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35 year old male. I weigh 68 Kg and my height 5'5". I am in a healthy status. History: No episodes of herpes except chickenpox in childhood. No infection of HIV - clinically tested every 6 months since last 7 years. I am straight and only 1 relationship with spouse. Both me and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for providing all the details. I shall answer your questions one by one. 1. As you have mentioned that you do not have any symptoms at the moment, there is no need to take Acyclovir. 2. A repeat test can be done just for your reassurance. Chances of false positi...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

Are my flu-like symptoms due to HIV infection?

Query: Hello doctor, About 4 weeks ago, I got oral sex from a partner whose HIV status is unknown to me. I did only that with her. I always thought that it represented no risk of contamination to HIV. Now the thing is that about 1 week after that intercourse, I did a general blood test and found out that ...  Read Full »


Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Firstly pre-existing lesion of herpes or any genital ulcer on the penis during sexual intercourse or oral sex increases the chances of HIV transmission. Your blood report came positive for Herpes 1 and 2. Herpes 1 mostly causes oral ulcers, and herpes 2 causes genital l...  Read Full »

I had cold sores while having sex with my partner. Should I inform them about the risks?

Query: Hello doctor, I think I have HSV-1, and it is usually associated with cold sores. I got it when I was a child. I randomly experienced cold sores on my lips whenever I was stressed or sick. Would you please suggest me what to do? Should I inform my sexual partner about the risks of kissing them or pe...  Read Full »


Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. Your symptoms suggest herpes infection, and you must speak to your partner and avoid kissing or having sexual intercourse with them. It can transmit the condition and cause sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)...  Read Full »

What is the reason for testicular pain and my body feeling hot after unprotected sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I got a complete panel and RNA PCR tests after 53 days of unprotected vaginal sex. The results were negative, except HSV-1 was reactive. So, I went to meet my doctor with the reports, who told me to get an HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibody fourth generation test. The results were negative again. B...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The test kits used to diagnose HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) are highly sensitive and specific. It gives accurate results. You can surely rely on your 53-day result. The majority of people who are infected with HIV, develop HIV antibodies by 4 to 6 weeks of exposu...  Read Full »

I got infected with HSV-1 a few days back. Will it affect daily lifestyle in future?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with HSV-1 four months back, HSV IgG was positive, and IgM was negative. I am a healthy person, and if I keep myself away from HIV, will I still have HSV outbreaks after 60 years of age? HIV is the only known immunocompromised state. Will a cold, flu, thyroid, diabete...  Read Full »


Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you are not immunosuppressed, then HSV (herpes simplex virus) outbreaks will not increase at 60 years or later. General ill health can cause an outbreak, but thyroid disorders, diabetes, flu, and cold will not cause an outbreak. Sore outbreaks at any time without any ...  Read Full »

Will my herpes simplex infection spread to my wife and future kids?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been diagnosed with herpes simplex virus type 1 infection. I have had oral sex a few times back in my college days, but recently I decided to get tested and found out that I have herpes infection. I am getting married soon and do not want to give it to my wife or future kids. What...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. The test report shows HSV-1 IgG (herpes simplex virus-1 immunoglobulin G) positive (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It usually suggests a past infection. Do you have any lesions at present or earlier? If so, please spec...  Read Full »

Does prostatitis cause burning sensation?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex with one girl at the end of the previous year (she is known to me). Then, three months ago, I had protective sex with another girl with a protective condom. But oral sex was done without a condom. Then I knew the previous girl has HSV 2 (herpes simplex virus), th...  Read Full »


Dr. Samer S J Altawil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Herpes simplex 1 symptoms persist, and the diagnosis is prostatitis. You need semen for culture to check what type of bacteria is infecting your prostate, then antibiotics for six weeks for that specific type of bacteria. That is best to be done as the prostate infec...  Read Full »

Can antibodies to HSV-1 and 2 be detected in blood with no symptoms?

Query: Hi doctor, Before seven years, I had chickenpox. Last year, I did a herpes test and I had antibodies for HSV1 and HSV2 with a range of 0.6 and 2.2. I did another test after two months. I got a range of 0.6 and 2.3. I do not have any other symptoms. Do I need to be concerned?   Read Full »


Dr. Thakre Mahendra Shivram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern regarding the presence of HSV (herpes simplex virus) antibodies. Infections with herpes simplex virus type 1 and 2 are common viral infections affecting people throughout the world. HSV-1 is acquired during childhood and it occurs associated wi...  Read Full »

How common is oral HSV-2 infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I was recently diagnosed with HSV 2. I am having both genial and oral lesions. What is the best dosage of Valtrex to kill virus? Also, is HIV 2 oral infection uncommon one? I had shingles before 10 years and at that my doctor believed it as HSV 2. My IgG blood test showed HSV 1 0.06 and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, oral HSV 2 (herpes simplex virus) is uncommon, but it can be the cause. Same way HSV 1 is mostly oral, but it can cause genital disease too. The dosage of Valtrex (Valaciclovir) differs according to the course of the disease such as initial disease episode and recurr...  Read Full »

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