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Herpes Infection

Herpes infection is a viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of herpes virus, HSV-1 and HSV-2, which cause lesions in the genitals, lips, oral mucosa, and face. Some of the symptoms include blisters, ulcers, cold sores, vaginal discharge, and pain on urinating.

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Will not using protection for a short period in oral sex cause HIV transmission?

Query: Hi doctor,I had two encounters with commercial sex workers two months back; I used protection for penetrative sex with both of them, and with one of them, I did not use protection for oral sex for a very short time. To the best of my knowledge, the condom did not break while having penetrative sex. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1)Oral sex carries almost a negligible risk of transmission. The risk of transmission, even if we assume her to be positive, is zero. If she was an active partner during oral sex, saliva could be hostile to the survival of the virus. 2) If the tests came negat...  Read Full »

My brother burnt his mouth with a hot beverage. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My brother had one blood test with herpes simplex IgM diagnosed to be negative, but herpes type 1 was diagnosed to be positive with an index more than 8. Before that he did a test on his tongue and it was negative for herpes. Are these results final? Or is there a chance that he is not...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type1 is a very common infection in our population and it usually causes oral lesions known as herpes labialis. At times, the patient is not even aware of the exposure. It can spread through direct contact with the open sores of HSV type 1 i...  Read Full »

I am not mentally stable. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have not revealed this to anyone. I am going through a lot of mental instability right now. Seven and a half months ago, I had protected intercourse with a sex worker. Then after the intercourse exactly after two months, I saw three red bumps on the head of my penis. So, referred to a p...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your HIV test results are conclusive. Could you please send me the HSV report? Do you still have genital lesions? Cough could be due to usual viral infection. Do you have any fever too?   Read Full »

Can I still get HIV with condoms due to my herpes infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a history of genital herpes, and the infected area is at the base of my penis where condoms do not cover. Should I worry about HIV(Human Immunodeficiency Virus) if I use condoms regularly in the future? Or will I get HIV despite using condoms because of my herpes infection?  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to An open wound or raw area is a potential focus for acquiring viral infections like HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)when contacted with an infected partner. However, once the wound heals, the risk falls back to that of normal skin as elsewhere. The risk for HIV in your c...  Read Full »

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

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 Rathod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As 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 a...  Read Full »

Can I get herpes from my partner?

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 already i...  Read Full »

I have blisters on my penis. What could it be?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 37 year old male, who weighs 195 lbs, and I am 5.10 feet tall. I had blisters on my penis, so I went to a clinic. The doctor said that it appears to be herpes, but because I do not have pain, fever, or any other symptoms, he believed this was from friction. He told me to get HSV-1 ...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. I have seen the attached photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It appears to be herpes simplex lesions. But, it may be due to any irritation or friction too. It may be due to HSV (herpes simplex virus) 1 or 2 if it is herpes. Y...  Read Full »

Can I have herpes on using unsterilized instruments?

Query: Hello doctor, I required deep cleaning of my teeth. So I came to my hometown and started seeing my family dentist, to whom my entire family has been going for a couple of years. One week ago, I started the treatment, which was deep cleaning on one side of the teeth. I always dreaded cross-contamina...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The doctors do use adequate asepsis before any procedure. I am sure in your case, too, all strict precautions for sepsis would have been followed. Reusing the same instruments is unethical, and I do not think that it would be done in good clinics. Moreover, as most o...  Read Full »

I have recurring herpes. Will Lysine help?

Query: Hi doctor, I have herpes. It was diagnosed around 2 years ago. I had a breakout and took some antiviral Acyclovir pills. I am starting to have outbreaks again on my lips. I have both types of herpes. I have heard that Lysine fights herpes and so I am taking some vitamins too. I would like to know th...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hi,Welcome to need to understand the basic pathology about herpes.You had herpes genitalis in the past and there are chances of you having recurrent episode if your immunity is low. As your partner also has it, you both need to take antiviral therapy. The most important line of manag...  Read Full »

What are the possible causes of painless and itchy pimples on the penis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 23 years old. Before moving to a new place, I was seeing my girlfriend every day. I had sex for some days. After that, I started to have pain in my penis with pimples. After reaching the new place, I started to do masturbation due to the urge of having sex. After that, I noticed som...  Read Full »

Dr. Alexander Davis

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the attached photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You seem to have genital herpes in your penis. You have mentioned that your girlfriend got tested for all STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). But genital herpes has a special feat...  Read Full »

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