Q. What does rashes on penis foreskin in an HIV positive mean?

Answered by
Dr. Sushil Kakkar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 25, 2018 and last reviewed on: Oct 10, 2018

Hello doctor,

I am HIV positive. These days I am having rashes on my penis foreskin (it is bad sometimes). I am on ART. But, the foreskin infection these days scare me. My foreskin seems to be rough, reddish, broken sometimes and even I do not masturbate. Please guide me.



Welcome to

I have gone through your query, and I have noted your concern. Firstly, I request you to kindly upload an image of the affected area so that I can have a look at the skin and guide you accordingly in the best possible way.

For more information consult a HIV AIDS specialist online -->

Thank you doctor,

I have sent you the images.

I am under ART meditation for the past one month. My CD4 count was above 400, and all my tests were normal, such as VDRL. However, on seeing X-ray, the doctor has given me EPTB medicines as well for some time. But I think EPTB medicines have nothing to do with this infection. Skin goes bad such as reddish, swollen and sometimes crack as well. As you can see that it is reddish, swollen and cracked too. I asked a doctor, and he suggested me to apply Neosporin. Sometimes it is fine, but most of the time it scares me. I always keep the penis neat and clean with hot water.

Can this penile infection be removed permanently?



Welcome back to

I have viewed the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I can see a few erosions on the underside of the prepuce. This could be either a fungal/yeast infection or these erosive lesions could be a manifestation of genital herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection.

I suggest you take an oral antifungal, e.g., tablet Fluconazole 150 mg once a day for three days. Also, I suggest you take an oral antiviral, e.g., tablet Acivir (Acyclovir) 400 mg thrice daily for a week. Topically, I suggest you apply T-Bact (Mupirocin) cream twice daily.

Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and take medications with their consent. I advise you to take a laboratory test for herpes simplex virus - HSV ELISA type 1 and 2, IgG and IgM.

For more information consult a HIV AIDS specialist online -->

Thank you doctor,

I have got the reports. Please take a look.



Welcome back to

I have viewed reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The index value of IgG for HSV type 1 and 2 is more than 1. It suggests that you have herpes simplex virus infection. Your genital lesions seem to be due to herpes simplex virus infection.

For more information consult a HIV AIDS specialist online -->

Was this answer helpful?


Same symptoms doesn’t mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Related Questions:
HIV RNA was negative on 21st day? Can it be positive later?

It may be due to irritation or fungal infection ...  It may be due to irritation or fungal infection ...   Read full

Does HSV IgG positive mean we are infected with that virus?

Coming to IgG positive test, when you contract a viral infection or after vaccination, the antibody produced is IgG ... It indicates that you are either vaccinated or had an infection before ......   Read full

HIV1 RNA test is negative. Can it be concluded that I do not have HIV?

.. need to go for fourth generation ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay). For more information consult a HIV AIDS specialist online --> .. ...   Read full

Also Read Answers From:

ideaComprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Also Read

Coronavirus Variant Arcturus: | Omicron XBB.1.16 Variant
Arcturus is an emerging variant of the Omicron virus that causes various symptoms and spreads rapidly across the world. ...  Read more»
Adrenaline Rush - Symptoms, Causes, Effects, and How to Control
Adrenaline is a hormone responsible for fight or flight response. It is also a neurotransmitter and medicine. It is also...  Read more»
Fatty Liver - Types, Symptoms, Stages, and Treatment
The liver is the largest gland in the body. Its primary function is to process the food and drinks we consume. and filte...  Read more»

Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask a HIV AIDS Specialist Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.