Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are diseases that spread from person to person through sexual contact. Infectious organisms that inhabit the skin in the genital areas can be transmitted through vaginal secretions, semen, and blood during unprotected sex. Some of the most common STDs are chlamydia, chancroid, herpes, trichomoniasis, HIV, and human papillomavirus (HPV).

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How to protect myself from STD?

Query: Hello Doctor, I am a 33 year old unmarried, healthy male. I have a steady girlfriend with whom I have sex regularly, as well as casual one night stands with other girls. I always practise safe sex, i.e, a) always use a condom b) never have uncovered oral sex (c) never have anal sex (d) always keep ...  Read Full »

Dr. Amit Arora

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I appreciate that you are very much conscious and alert while having sex and take all preventive measures. 1. Kissing can spread some diseases only if the other partner is infected .These diseases spread through saliva . There are so many diseases which spread through ...  Read Full »

Is it safe to use expired condoms?

Query: Hello Doctor, Can I use expired condoms? Is it dangerous? Will it affect my health?    Read Full »

Dr. Duraisamy Palanisamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Use of expired condom will not cause any serious health issue. The following can happen:  Loss of strength and flexibility of condom resulting in breakage leading to unwanted pregnancy and spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseaes (STDs) Loss of lubrication Chances of aller...  Read Full »

Is the RPR antigen test a confirmatory test for syphilis?

Query: Hello doctor,I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and recently had an RPR test for syphilis that showed positive results. But the confirmation RPR shows non-reactive. My only symptom was a white tongue and a chronic sore throat that I still have even after ten days of oral Penicillin 500 mg.If my RPR co...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. According to your statement, you have been suffering from a sore throat and white tongue for two months. I can understand your concern. A false-positive RPR (rapid plasma reagin) test indicates that you are suffering f...  Read Full »

What are the chance of HIV infection after a hand job, oral sex, and deep kissing with a spa therapist.?

Query: Hi doctor, I went to a spa several times in the last month. I did not have any sexual intercourse, but the therapist did a hand job and gave deep kisses. And sometimes, we had to hump between the therapist's thighs near to her genital. We also had oral sex, and she sucked my penis for a maximum of ...  Read Full »

Dr. Davie Wong

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you are concerned about contracting HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the best approach is to get tested. You might get tested for other sexually transmitted infections, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and hepatitis C and B. The risk of catching HIV from o...  Read Full »

Could you please explain to me the HIV RNA PCR test report?

Query: Hello doctor, I have done the RNA PCR test (viral load test) done from a lab here. I am attaching the report. Kindly let me now the status of the report.  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The report suggests that you have a negligible amount of hepatitis B viral load and the interpretation is negative. It means that you do not need medication for treatment. Only symptomati...  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. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello,Welcome to 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 »

What could be the cause for my itchy dark patches below my waist and above my vagina?

Query: Hello doctor, I am getting dark patches below my waist area and above my vagina. It keeps itching, and I have tried applying aloe vera gel and Soframycin, but they did not help. Kindly give your suggestion.  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I can understand your concern. I need to see the picture of the dark patches to suggest you the appropriate medicine. Usually, such dark patches can be due to weight gain or infection. So please attach a picture of dark patches. Thank ...  Read Full »

Kindly review my reports and give your opinion on my issues after intercourse with multiple girls.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 45-year-old male. I had a body-to-body massage 20 months ago. The massage includes sexual intercourse with multiple girls. I have completely abstained from such activities for the past 18 months. I took tablet Doxycycline 100 mg twice a day for one month after that massage. I hav...  Read Full »

Dr. S D Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). As you had protected intercourse, you seem to have saved yourself from HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), HBV (Hepatitis B virus), syphilis, gonorrhea, treponema, and tube...  Read Full »

Through what ways can I get HIV from my HIV-positive husband other than sex?

Query: Hi doctor,I would like to have advice from an HIV or AIDS specialist. I was diagnosed with HIV after taking my treatment. After six months, the copies moved from 32,200 copies to 21 copies which made "undetectable" so far. After keeping my treatment, I am still under below 40 copies.However, my part...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj Patil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Good to see your reports are much better (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) with undetectable levels and good CD (cluster of differentiation) counts. I am sure that you are being informed that with proper treatment and regular monitoring, one can live...  Read Full »

I have a rice-sized thing inside my foreskin, which suddenly got bigger. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, So for my entire life, I have had this rice-sized thing inside my foreskin. It never caused any problems, never hurt or anything. Then suddenly, it just got bigger to the size of a bean and hurts to the touch. It does not hurt when I pee or anything, just to the touch, because it is in m...  Read Full »

Dr. C Elanchezhian

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It has got puss. It may be due to Impetigo. Take Capsule Augmentin (Amoxicillin and Clavulanic acid) 625 mg twice daily in the morning and evening. Tablet Combiflam (Ibuprofen (400mg) and Paracetamol (325mg)) twice daily for five days. Apply T-Bact (Mupirocin...  Read Full »

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