Herpes Simplex Virus

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) is a virus that causes herpes infection. There are two types of HSV, which are HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 causes cold sores and blisters around the mouth and face, and HSV-2 is responsible for lesions in the genital region.

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Two days ago, a person with sores drank from my glass. What are the possibilities of me getting herpes?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a bit nervous. Someone took a sip from my glass two days ago. The next day, this person had blisters around their mouth. So I am terrified I will get herpes. However, I still have not experienced any blisters, tingling, or burning sensations around my lips. Nevertheless, I am scared ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Based on the information provided, your worries look legitimate yet slightly accurate. In my opinion, it is normal to be afraid of the herpes simplex virus (a virus causing contagious sores, most often around the mouth or on the genitals) bli...  Read Full »

Someone took a sip from my glass and had blisters around their mouth the next day. What are the risks of infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am concerned and overthinking everything. Two days ago, someone drank from my glass. The next day, this person had sores in their mouth. I am worried if I will get herpes. But the other day, I masturbated using saliva. I still do not have any discomfort, blisters, tingling, or burning s...  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammad Rajja

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The best cream for herpes (a virus causing contagious sores, most often around the mouth or on the genitals) is Acivir (Acyclovir 5 %). It should be applied locally for eight hours daily for five days. After that, take tablet Valtrex (Vala...  Read Full »

I am taking medication for genital herpes. How can I heal it faster?

Query: Hello doctor,I have genital herpes, and I want to know the maximum I can do or take to heal them faster. Already I am taking Zovirax 2 grams daily and using Fucidin topical cream.  Read Full »


Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per the treatment guidelines, the following needs to be provided. Zovirax ( Acyclovir ) - 400 mg orally three times a day for 5 to10 days or Valacyclovir 500 mg to 1 g orally twice a day for 5 to10 days. The optimum duration of therapy is about seven days. The guide...  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 de...  Read Full »

Am I at a risk of infection after having sex with my girlfriend, who has a cold sore on her lip?

Query: Hello doctor, Both my girlfriend and I have a cold. She also has a cold sore on her lip. We did not have oral sex, and I did not touch her sore. However, we kissed and had anal sex. My genitals were not touched after touching the sore. Is there any risk of infection? Should I be concerned? Kindly ...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It is better to avoid sex for a few days till the sore is healed. I hope this helps. Kindly revert in case of further questions. Thank you.   Read Full »

I tested for HSV six weeks after the possible exposure, and the results were negative. Should I go for a retest?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a test on day-42 (exact six weeks) post a possible exposure. The result shows HSV 1 and 2 IgM antibody (Serum, EIA). Result: Negative (0.64). Associated tests were HSV 1 and 2,  western blot IgM and IgG. What exactly is this test looking for? Only IgM, or both IgM as well as I...  Read Full »


Dr. G.s.s. Sandeep

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Enzyme Immuno Assay (EIA) is a type of ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay). The test usually does not give positive results until about six weeks after exposure. The gold standard test would be a viral culture. If that is not available then, a western blot is rec...  Read Full »

Why do I have crusty lips, mouth sores, and super sensitive gums while brushing?

Query: Hello doctor, I have fat, crusty lips, mouth sores, and super sensitive gums while brushing. All of these appeared a month ago. The mouth sores subsided after using mouthwash Orajel. However, the lip and gum problems have persisted. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. I suggest you follow the below treatment plan: Oral paste Aphthasol (Amlexanox 5 %) for mouth sores. A lip balm or moisturizer like white petroleum jelly for crusty lips. Vitamin C for gum problems. Vitamin B comple...  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 »

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 »

How to know if I acquired an HSV infection after unprotected sex with an HSV-positive person?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected intercourse with a person who had an HSV-2 infection one week ago. I started to feel uncomfortable and had body aches, tingling sensation on my penis, burning during urination, and impending doom feeling. It started to mess with me. I developed a sort of anxiety over...  Read Full »


Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Kindly answer me the following to help you better; 1) Have you done HSV 2 (herpes simplex virus 2) IgM (immunoglobulin M) test? 2) Do you have a fever? 3) Do you have any itching or irritation? Regards.  Read Full »

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