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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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 »

Do HSV infection recur?

Query: Hello doctor, Some months back, I got a sore on my lips. So, I went to see the doctor who diagnosed it as HSV-1 through a swab test. It was the first time I had it, and I did not know about it before. I did not have a recurrence even after three months, but I was told that it is a recurrent conditio...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and concerns. It seems you have herpes labialis. It is an infection of the oral mucosa seen in young adults due to HSV (herpes simplex virus) type 1 or rarely type 2. It is a common disease, and in most cases, the transfer is through sexual contact...  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. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

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 »

What do IgG antibodies indicate?

Query: Hi doctor,I had swelling on my foreskin and glans with a discharge under the foreskin with painful urination, and this started after three days of exposure. And the doctor gave me Fluconazole, Doxycycline, and antivirals. After a month, it got better, and I went for a lab test for HSV Ig and IgG, ch...  Read Full »


Dr. Puneet Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. HSV IgG, once positive, can be positive for a longer time. It just shows past infection and is not of much concern.  Read Full »

Can unprotected sex cause bumps in the penis head?

Query: Hello doctor, I have bumps under my penis head, and it does not itch, but the raised bumpy portion runs around my penis just under the head. I have not tested for herpes, and I popped it up almost two months ago, and it has not gone away. I have attched my pictures. Please help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Raveendran Sr

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. I saw your picture regarding the swelling (attachment removed to protect patient's identity). If there was a history of unprotected sex, we need to think of herpes infection and plan for investigation, and start medication. If there was...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

What could the blisters on the penis head after intercourse be?

Query: Hi doctor, After having intercourse yesterday, I started to have blisters in my penis head. What is it? How to treat it?   Read Full »


Dr. Alexander Davis

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Blisters on the penis after unprotected sex occur due to genital herpes infection. The normal incubation period is two to fourteen days. As it has started yesterday, it will take some time to show other symptoms. But medicines can cure it. You can have another possibili...  Read Full »

Are the lesions on my penis due to HSV infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 40-year-old male with a weight of 90 kilograms. I have two lesions on my penis. I consulted a doctor and he told me that you have a recurrence of HSV. But I do not have a history of HSV. These lesions appeared after a day of receiving a handjob. But I did not do penetration and th...  Read Full »


Dr. S D Sinha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If the doctor tells about the recurrence, then it can be due to herpes zoster virus (HZV). Please mention whether you had chickenpox in childhood or later in adulthood. Chickenpox is caused by herpes zoster and it usually recurs when the immunity goes down. Herpes simpl...  Read Full »

Can herpes spread sexually?

Query: Hi doctor,I know a girl who may become sexually active with me told me that she has herpes. She has it for ten years and taking Valtrex every day. She told me that she did not had an outbreak for a very long time. I want to know the risks and the odds behind it if I decide to become sexually active ...  Read Full »


Dr. Neha Sud

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It depends on the type of herpes that your partner have whether it is in the genital or lips. The virus that causes it are different. This means that if your partner has genital herpes and if you have oral herpes, it does not make you immune to get genital herpes. So yo...  Read Full »

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