Herpes Simplex Virus

Herpes simplex is a contagious viral infection affecting the genitals or the mouth. The symptoms include the formation of sores around the genital region and the mouth. Herpes simplex is a sexually-transmitted disease that requires medical attention.

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After a sexual encounter with a massager, I had skin rashes and discomfort in penis. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I want to discuss my health issue with you. It is regarding my sexual encounter with a massager, which was protected, but before that, she touched my penis and masturbated for some time, and I am sure she did not use saliva or any lubricant for it. I also fingered her vagina. She put a co...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. The chances of transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by the given description is almost nil if a condom is used correctly. Urine culture reports are negative means you do not have urinary tract infection (UTI) currently. You have t...  Read Full »

I have noticed some white and red colored small spots on my genitals, which look like herpes. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, About two weeks ago, white and red spots like little balls start appearing above my genitals. At first, I thought it will disappear but it started spreading on the bottom of my penis. I was looking everywhere online and it looks like herpes but for over a year I have had a same-sex partn...  Read Full »

Dr. Darshan Kanani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It is difficult to provide a definite diagnosis without a physical examination or looking at a photo of the lesion, but the symptoms you describe could potentially be a sign of a sexually transmitted infection (STI), such as herpes. However, ...  Read Full »

I have developed four small pimple-like bumps on my penis within my pubic hair. Please advise.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 51-year-old male and I am in good health. Over the last two weeks, I have developed four small pimple-like bumps, within my pubic hair, that has basically come and go over the period. They are not clustered or oozing anything. I have no other symptoms when I notice the pimple-like ...  Read Full »

Dr. K. Shanmuganandan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You possibly have folliculitis and it may be due to your work out related sweating. Please use the antibiotic cream and antibiotic soap. It should get alright and if possible please give photos of your lesion for better clarity. Thanks and ...  Read Full »

I am worried about STDs, but I had safe sexual intercourse with a woman. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor,I had safe intercourse with a woman but did not know her STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) status. Should I worry about the herpes simplex virus? I read online that precautions do not save from all STDs. Please help me.Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Yes, using a condom alone is not always enough, although it does protect you completely. Genital warts caused by HPV (human papilloma virus), herpes caused by HSV (herpes simplex virus), and rarely even hepatitis B and C viruses can get transmi...  Read Full »

My partner has herpes simplex. How does it occur, and can it spread by blisters burst during sexual intercourse?

Query: Hello doctor, My partner has recently been told what they believed to be shingles is herpes simplex 2. The rash that appears is on the outside of her thigh opposed to the inner thigh. I have a few questions about this: Is the only way for them to pass this on through burst blisters during an outbre...  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhin Varghese

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. Herpes commonly transfers from skin-to-skin contact (from a person with rash or lesions to another person). Very rarely, it can transmit from a person without rash who had herpes in the past to a non-infected perso...  Read Full »

I am suffering from insecurity and anxiety after having protected sex using condoms with masseuse. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had protected sex with a masseuse. The condom looked fine, but the insecurity made me think the other way. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The chances of transmission of HIV by single-protected intercourse are almost nil. Suppose the condom is used correctly. However, there are other sexually transmitted diseases, such as herpes simplex virus, which can be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact or kissing ...  Read Full »

I am pregnant and I have nerve pain all over my face. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old female with a height of 5 feet 5 inches weighing 140 pounds, healthy, non-smoking, non-drinking female with no drugs and no other known health problems. Two months ago, I was exposed to HSV-1 and then seven days later, I was tested positive for HSV-1 oral with IgG o...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms are compatible with trigeminal neuralgia. I agree with your doctor's decision to avoid performing brain MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or any medication within the first trimester. Regarding encephalitis, you should know that it is a very serious co...  Read Full »

I suffer from HSV 1. Can I get HSV encephalitis at any point in my life?

Query: Hi doctor,I am suffering from HSV 1. I have a mild recurrence on my mouth and face. Will I get HSV encephalitis at any point in life? My immune system is healthy and I do not have many blisters.  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Infection with HSV 1 (herpes simplex virus) results in immunity against it. But, the virus remains dormant in the body and can reactivate later in life causing encephalitis if it enters the brain. How it can come to the brain is not completely understood, but decrea...  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 felt a burning sensation whenever something touched my penis, and the skin started to break, and lesions appeared. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, Four days ago, I felt a burning sensation whenever something touched my penis. Then the skin started to break, and lesions appeared. I also have prominent mouth blisters or ulcers that started as blood blisters and became an ulcer. I will attach the images of the mouth and penis. I have ...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Erosions and ulcers are visible in your report (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). I suggest the following: Apply Mucopain gel (Benzocaine) before eating food thrice daily for ten days. Tablet Zifi 200 mg (Cefixime an...  Read Full »

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