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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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 contact, ...  Read Full »

Can asymptomatic HSV-2 infection affect my sperm count or interfere with having a baby?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 40-year-old male, have HSV-2, and am currently asymptomatic. I am planning to have a baby with my partner through IVF. I am planning to make a sperm deposit to be frozen and used later for IVF with my female partner in our plan to have a baby. My partner does not have HSV-2. I k...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. At the outset, please let us know more details about your HSV-2 (herpes simplex virus) outbreak by sharing your clinical records, diagnostic workup, and treatments being taken or taken earlier. The next step is to rule out HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) as HSV2-H...  Read Full »

HSV 1 and 2 are positive. But, my doctor says no treatment is required. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I am contacting you regarding some health issues. Recently, I got affected by some infection in the private parts, which looks like an ulcer with fluid. However, I neglected it and did not consult a doctor assuming it would be a simple urine infection. I then visited a gynecologist, and sh...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have noted your concern. You have genital herpes. It is a sexually transmitted disease and is caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV - type 1 and 2. Your test is positive for both HSV type 1 and type 2. IgM positivity and IgG negativ...  Read Full »

TSH is very high in a CMV IgG positive patient. Can she become pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor,We are trying for pregnancy. My wife recently got some tests done namely a TORCH profile with the primary sample being serum through the ECLIA method. The toxoplasma IgG was 500.0 positive IU/mL and rubella IgM was 0.20 with negative COI. With the ELISA method, there is HSV I and II IgG...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Khurana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your wife is immune to rubella and CMV (cytomegalovirus). If you just want to be sure about the recent infection get an avidity testing for CMV and rubella infection. Your TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) is very high. You need to see an endocrinologist or physi...  Read Full »

I have a skin rash on the inner leg that hurt initially and not now, and the rash is not water-filled. Kindly suggest.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a skin rash on one of my inner legs. It originated with mild pain in my inner leg that would come and go, and then the pain went away after a few days. After that, the pain I felt was nowhere else but my inner leg with the same rash. I have had the rash for more than five days n...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Please mention your age, duration of the symptoms (pain on the inner side), duration and distribution of the rash, and present symptoms in and around the rash. Is the rash persistent or recurrent, and is it a water-filled lesion or just...  Read Full »

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 ca...  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 bur...  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 »

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 »

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