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 the HSV test taken after 45 days of exposure conclusive?

Query: Hello doctor, I tested for HSV-1 and HSV-2, serology IgM and IgG after 45 days of possible exposure, and the result is negative. Now I am in the tenth week, and I have had no symptoms so far. Can the 45th-day test be conclusive? or do I need to repeat the test? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Yes, that is almost conclusive. You can remain relaxed. I do not think there is any need to go for more tests. The sensitivity of the test is about 99%, and since you have no symptoms, you are safe. I hope this helps.   Read Full »

I have red color rashes on my penis, which appear in the morning and subside as the day progress. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am going through a stressful situation. Two years back, I had an encounter with my married school friend. A week after that, I got a rash that was slightly painful and non-itchy on my penis. I consulted a venereologist, and he prescribed some steroids & Allegra tablets. After using...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. I have gone through the reports (attachments were removed to protect the patient's identity). With all the reports being negative, I think that the chances of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are rule...  Read Full »

What are the chances of STD transmission through protected sex with a CSW?

Query: Hi doctor, I had protected sex with a commercial sex worker four days back. And also, before three years, I had HSV1 and IgM is greater than 3.5. I have to discuss STD.  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The chances of transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by single protected intercourse is nil if the condom is used correctly. HSV IgM (Herpes Simplex Virus Immunoglobulin M) positive implies recent infection. HSV can be transmitted by skin-to-skin con...  Read Full »

I have redness and swelling underneath my bottom lip after oral sex. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 22-year-old female. I generally have good health, but I was diagnosed with herpes simplex when I was 17. I never had any cold sores on my face, but recently I have seen not a rash but redness and swelling underneath my bottom lip. I do not have a primary doctor, and I cannot get ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from a swollen and reddish lower lip. You had a history of herpes simplex infection when you were 17 years old. According to the pictures (attachment removed to...  Read Full »

I had oral sex with a man and started PEP within 56 hours after exposure. Can I be HIV positive?

Query: Hi doctor, I had oral sex with another man a month back. The partner never finished in my mouth. I started to feel symptoms of a sore throat the next day and developed a night sweat that night. I also had swollen lymph nodes. I started PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) within 56 hours of exposure. I n...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Thank you for the query.The chances of transmission of HIV by single unprotected oral sex is almost nil unless there are bleeding wounds in your oral cavity. The risk is low to nil. When PEP has been initiated within 56 hours of exposure, the risk is even further reduced. I...  Read Full »

Is it possible to spread HSV-2 infection from an infected woman to a man during sex?

Query: Hello doctor,I have some questions about herpes. If a woman having HSV-2 who does not have a flare-up or showing any signs of HSV-2 currently has unprotected vaginal intercourse with a man who does not have HSV-2 or any other STD, then what are the chance of her infecting him with HSV-2? What are th...  Read Full »

Dr. Ankush Jairath

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I hope you are doing well. Coming back to your query. If a woman who has HSV-2, is not currently having a flare-up or showing any signs of having HSV-2, has unprotected vaginal intercourse with a man who does not have HSV-2 or any other STD, what are the chances of her...  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 »

Kindly help me figure out the reason for the on and off episodes of bumps on my penis.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had small bumps on my penis for the last six months. The bumps are on and off in appearance. They are not painful. I consulted a doctor to see if it was HSV, and the doctor said I was negative for HSV infection. Kindly help me to figure out what it is. Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.1) Is there any excess scratching or rubbing of the lesion?2) Do you maintain your genital hygiene?3) Are you sexually active?4) Had unprotected sex in the last three months?5) Have you tested for syphilis and HSV (herpes simplex virus)?6) Do you have any burning, itchin...  Read Full »

Can I get herpes from sexual contact with a girl whose previous partner is HSV-2 positive?

Query: Hello doctor,I had protected sex with a girl whose medical status is unknown, but unfortunately, the condom broke. She then said her previous partner had an HSV-2 infection, and she has not to get tested ever since. What are the chances of acquiring herpes from her? I am really worriedThanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Kindly answer me the following to help you better; 1) Is there fluid contact? 2) Is there any lesion after exposure? 3) Do you have blisters, erosions, or inflammatory bumps on your genitals? 4) Do you have any burning or painful lesions? 5) Is there any...  Read Full »

I have a rash with leathery skin on my genitals. Is it scrotal dermatitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been going through a rash with leathery skin on my genitals. It is dark when tight, but it is more of a pink color when loose. It feels prickly and itchy sometimes, with a burning sensation. I want to know if it is scrotal dermatitis or something else. Currently, I am taking Cl...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do you have any history of atopy or allergies? Did you use any harsh soap? Do you have any history of using scented moisturizer or lotion use? Did you scratch or rub the lesions excessively? Will the itching aggravate during the night? Do you have any history of...  Read Full »

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