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

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Is it possible to be HSV positive after getting a negative HSV IgG test report?

Query: Hello doctor, Is it possible to have a negative HSV IGG test and be positive for HSV? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. If IGG (immunoglobulin G) is negative for HSV (herpes simplex virus), it cannot be positive, so if you have tested negative for HSV IGG, it is negative only. So do not worry; your partner will not get a virus from you. But in the future, it...  Read Full »

Could it be possible that I contracted HSV or HPV during the vaginal ultrasound, as I suffer from psoriasis and skin-burning sensations afterward?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to the fertility doctor to start an egg retrieval. He did a vaginal ultrasound, which had a condom on it. A few days later, I had one spot on my skin bleeding and burning. One to two months later, I had a massive burning, painful outbreak of psoriasis and weird skin-burning s...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Vaginal ultrasound is carried out with the probe being covered by a condom and disinfected gloves being worn by the radiologist or gynecologist (whoever is doing it). That is the standard protocol. If such a protocol had not been followed, infection transmission...  Read Full »

I am 31 years old and married with two kids, but I do not have any symptoms. Please interpret my test results for HSV.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 31 years old and married with two kids. I have no symptoms. I went to my obstetrician and asked if they ever tested me for HSV and was informed no, so I asked to be tested. I had anxiety and depression before the testing. I take Klonopin PRN and Effexor daily. I have attached my labo...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. It would be better if you would send me your detailed obstetrical, gynecological, medical, surgical, drug, and medical history. A report of this IgG (immunoglobulin G) and IgM (immunoglobulin M) would be bette...  Read Full »

Can my partner get infected with HSV since I have had it for more than 10 years?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had HSV type one on my genitals for more than 10 years. What is the chance of spreading it with no protection? It is been years since I have had an outbreak. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. N. Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your query. The chances are less, but it will not always happen. Most of the time, the spread occurs when the partner is having an active episode of infection with symptoms like blisters. The thing with HSV is that few people can have an asymptomatic infe...  Read Full »

My partner, who may be HSV-2 positive, ejaculated on me. Even though my test result was normal last week, is it possible for me to develop HSV-2?

Query: Hello doctor, My partner has HSV-2. He previously got tested and they told him that it could potentially be a false negative, then he got tested again for which we are waiting for the results. We used protection but the condom broke and he ejaculated in me. Does that mean I have it now? I got tested...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. In case he had active lesions the chance of getting HSV is high for you. Since there were equivocal results for him we can assume that the chance for you to get an HSV infection is low. It is a well-established fact that people with HSV-2 s...  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 »

Though I had HPV vaccine, I am getting warts. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a viral wart on my forehead. Is it caused by HPV? In my teenage, I had warts on my thumb. Even, my doctor gave me vaccine for HPV. Is that worth or useless?  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your clinical image (attachment removed to protect patient identity) is confirmative for a verruca plana, which is a plane viral wart. All warts are caused by human papilloma virus (HPV); however the strains causing it are different. On the face, it is usually due to H...  Read Full »

Can HSV infect my child with atopic dermatitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question about HSV 1 and 2 and their infectious ability on surfaces outside the host. My sister has a cold sore and keeps touching everything without washing her hands. My child has atopic dermatitis. I fear him contracting an infection with HSV that can be life-threatening. T...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. The herpes simplex virus in a cold sore is contagious. It can spread to others by kissing, sharing cups or utensils, sharing washed clothes, or touching the cold sore before it is healed. The virus can also spread ...  Read Full »

Are rash and lymph node swelling after oral sex signs of ARS?

Query: Hi doctor,I gave oral sex to a man, whose HIV status was unknown, six weeks ago. I have now rash under both armpits and a swollen lymph node in my neck. I am attaching pictures of the rash and the lymph node. Could this be ARS?  Read Full »

Dr. Shah Sushma Kant

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Oral sex has the least possibility of ARS (acute retroviral syndrome). I do not think you have ARS. Do you have dandruff or an earache or a toothache? Do you have a history of a cold or a...  Read Full »

I am a 23-year-old female and had my second miscarriage, and reports showed HSV 1 and 2, reactive antibody levels as 14 AU /mL. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23-year-old female and just had my second miscarriage after one and half months of gestation. I checked for torch infection, and reports showed HSV 1 and 2; antibody reactive was 14 AU /mL. What will I do now?  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. I have seen your report (attachment removed to protect patient's identity) and it shows HSV 1 and 2 antibodies IgG reactive. So it means you are immune to it. Either you received the vaccine or had an infection in the past...  Read Full »

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