STD, otherwise called sexually transmitted diseases, are infectious diseases that are transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse. STDs can be transmitted through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex with a person who is already infected. The common diseases are chlamydia, HPV infection, syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV.

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Why do my penile skin peels often?

Query: Hello doctor, At the start of this year, I caught an STD, for which I took antibiotics and used a cream called Travocort. The STD went away quickly, but the main problem was using Travocort. While using it, I realized that my skin is getting hurt, the skin is peeling off, and it was not very pleas...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, I got a few patients who had the same complaints before, and the issue is the skin is weak since the previous STD (sexually transmitted disease) and less than usual friction can peel off an area on and heals slowly. In the meanwhile, it causes pain if you try to ...  Read Full »

Is there any chance of oral HPV transmission via kissing?

Query: Hello doctor, Four months ago, I had an encounter with a CSW. During that time, I kissed her mouth, boobs, and the outer lips of the vagina (not vagina). I had taken tests for HIV, HBsAg, HSV, after three months and all those came negative. During that time, I had taken a normal urine test for UTI....  Read Full »

Dr. Sangeeth Kumar

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You said you did your HIV test three months after sexual exposure. So, it is very unlikely that you got infected. Secondly, the likelihood of getting gonorrhea and other infections which you mentioned are very unlikely after three months. If you had developed gonorrh...  Read Full »

I am having a few genital warts, for which I tried some home remedies. How to get rid off it?

Query: Hello doctor, I believe I am having a few genital warts, for which I tried some home remedies as well as wart freeze away recently. Why there is redness around them? What are the possible ways to get rid of it?  Read Full »

Dr. Kakkar

Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, those are genital warts (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is an STD caused by HPV infection. Surrounding redness is perhaps due to irritation to the home remedies that you have used. If I were the treating doctor, I would suggest either electr...  Read Full »

What is the possible diagnosis for rashes under the penile head with cracks?

Query: Hello doctor, I have rashes on the penis under the head. It has been there for a while. It started as a small rash and continues to get worse. It is in the folds of skin under the head of penis and never looked bumpy until now. I am sexually active and still masturbating actively. Previously it was ...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Such rashes on the penis can occur due to multiple causes including syphilis, herpes, candidal balanitis, and many more. I need to ask you a few questions so I can advise you properly. Since when do you have this rash? Do you have burning associated with it? Do yo...  Read Full »

Can HIV cause itchy scalp and swelling near the collarbone and left wrist?

Query: I had intercourse with a female sex worker. I had used the protection which broke either during or perhaps before penetration. But after I experienced continuous change in sensation, I checked and the condom was broken, at which point I withdrew from the intercourse before ejaculation. I asked the g...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

Community Medicine Physician, Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Preventive Medicine Physician, Venereologist

Answer: Hi Thank you for the query. The chances of transmission of HIV by unprotected intercourse with a HIV positive person is very low. If protected almost nil. The HIV RNA PCR is negative after 10 days exposure is almost >than 95% accurate. The chances of HIV tests coming positive later is almost nil....  Read Full »

What could cause white bump on penis without sexual activity?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 30 years old. I have noticed a white color pimples/bumps on my penis shaft this morning. It is not itchy and no pain. I did masturbation yesterday morning. I googled after seeing this and it is mentioned it might be due to STD. I am too much worried and stressed now. I did not have ...  Read Full »

Dr. Purushottam Sah

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Sexologist, Andrologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the image and report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It appears to be molluscum contagiosum. It is a viral disease not serious and usually does not require treatment, it may be sexually transmitted but can occur without sex also if any i...  Read Full »

Can chlamydia infection cause chronic pain in testicles?

Query: Hello doctor, I am waiting on an initial appointment with my urologist but wanted to get some more insight into conditions I may have if possible. For the past 8 months I have experienced chronic, dull and sometimes mildly sharp pain in the testicles that seem to be the result of a chlaymidia in...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for your detailed description and test report provided (attachment removed to protect patient identity). After reviewing all actually STD might be recurrent and chronic as well. In male prostate gland can get infected and will need weeks of treatment as prostate ...  Read Full »

What could cause a painless blister-like lump on penis immediately after unprotected sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I woke up this morning after having unprotected sex last night, with a clear blister-like bump on my penis. It is not painful and no discharge. I am concerned about herpes or other STDs. I have been tested positive for HSV-1. I have had cold sores growing up around my mouth but never ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Andrologist, General Practitioner, Geriatrician, Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and had a close look over the provided image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Unfortunately, the image is not clear so I will be answering it on the basis of general knowledge in case of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). Genit...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for sticky penis and inflammation of foreskin after breakage of condom?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a condom tear while having sex. Two weeks later, I developed symptoms of pain and slight swelling in my right testicle, lower abdominal pain, and foreskin inflammation. Thinking it to be chlamydia, I took 1g single dose of Azithromycin. It provided me some relief but two weeks l...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your worry about the swelling of the foreskin you covered with antibiotics with a single dose of Azithromycin and later with one week of Amoxicillin. If there is sexually transmitted disease it might come back for mainly two reasons. Firstly, incomplete tre...  Read Full »

Will Doxycycline interfere with results of STD tests?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an STD test done five or six days after unprotected sex with a new partner. The tests came back negative, but I have learned that you should wait for different windows of time before getting tested for certain STDs. This was about seven months ago. Today, I went to my gynecolo...  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your history and understood your concern. As the incubation period of organism are different in every infection usually first test should be done after 10-15 days of exposure as your is done little early. But as you are not having any other sympto...  Read Full »

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