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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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

Dermatologist, Venereologist

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 »

How common is it for herpes infection to progress to encephalitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex with my partner about five months back. We both went for HIV tridot tests, VRDL tests, HBsAg tests after four months. All came back negative for both. Our medicine specialist did not advise herpes screening. We both have no lesions or bumps at all. Also, I am to...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Meena

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand that you are concerned. Routinely we advise HIV, HbsAg, HCV, and VDRL, and Herpes serology for sexually transmitted diseases. Genital herpes is mostly caused by HSV 2 (herpes simplex virus) virus and oral herpes by HSV 1. In serology, the large popul...  Read Full »

How to manage herpes encephalitis?

Query: Hi doctor, My brother had COVID-19, and it developed into encephalitis. The neurologists are saying it could be viral or limbic. We wonder if you can help diagnose if we sent you the MRI images and laboratory reports. His symptoms are confusion (he thinks that his kids are his brothers), hallucinati...  Read Full »

Dr. Gursimran


Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry to know regarding this problem that your brother is facing. After reading the history and checking his reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), viral encephalitis is more likely given the MRI images. And the hallucination and psychosis are because...  Read Full »

Is Acyclovir routinely prescribed after shingles vaccination?

Query: Hi doctor, Just to be safe, I got shingles vaccine from a local clinic, as my healthcare provider was out. I had to get two shots. They advised me to get a prescription for Acyclovir, a herpes suppression medication, after getting the shot. I did so. Now I am genuinely confused about why they had m...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Conveniently Acyclovir after shingles vaccine is not used in the average-risk population. Do you have a compromising immune condition? Like HIV (human immunodeficiency viruses), cancer, or other inborn diseases? Thank you.  Read Full »

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

Query: I am 23 yrs of age. Previously before I relocated to a new coutry, I was seeing my girlfriend and after sex for some days i would experience some pain on my penis that would be followed by some pimples. After I moved, i started mustarbating due to the urge of having sex but after that i noticed some...  Read Full »

Dr. Alexander Davis, Md

General Practitioner, Family Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Dear, Thank you for getting in touch with us. You did the right thing by sending us a photo of your condition. What I can see on your penis is quite consistent with genital herpes. You mention that your girlfriend was tested for all STDs. However, general herpes has a special feature: you can be i...  Read Full »

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

Query: After having intercourse yesterday, I had blisters on penis head. What could it be? How it can be treated?  Read Full »

Dr. Alexander Davis, Md

General Practitioner, Family Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Thank you for getting in touch with us. I’m sorry that you are worried. Blisters on your penis after unprotected sex are normally a sign for genital herpes infection. However, the normal incubation period is 2 to 14 days. So if it was just yesterday it would be a bit too quick to experience sym...  Read Full »

How to get rid of black spots on my private area?

Query: Hello doctor, I have some dark spots around my private part that looks as black color boils. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since when do you have them? Are they present on the other side or anywhere else? Do they have itching? Please tell me since when do you have them? They are more likely to cause fungal infection. Please answer the above questions so that I can prescribe you medicines...  Read Full »

What should be the levels of IgG and IgM to indicate herpes infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old female. I tested for herpes a few months ago and got a negative IgG result and an equivocal result for IgM levels. I tested again this month and it was positive. Does this mean I have been recently infected with herpes?  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Can you please send me the reports so I can check the values. Actually, it suggests that your body is fighting with a virus if IgM is increased, but you are saying it is equal. Kindly send reports.  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 M. Hanif Md.

Cardiologist, Criticalcare Physician, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

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 »

Why do I get redness in eyes and high IOP on stopping steroid drops?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from uveitis for the past 1.3 years. I have done: 1) TB and TB Gold. 2) HLA B27. 3) HLA B51. 4) Antinuclear antibodies. 5) Anti-CCP antibodies. All are negative. When I stop my steroid eye drops, my eye becomes red and my IOP increases to 45+. Doctor's p...  Read Full »

Dr. Asha Barboza

Eye Care Ophthalmologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your blood reports and other documents (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Sorry to hear about the chronicity of your eye problem. Most of the extra blood tests have already been done like ANA, HLA B27, etc. It is possible that you...  Read Full »

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