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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Can an HIV-negative tested person turn positive after 6 months?

Query: Hello doctor,I have participated in protected intercourse in 2009, and I did not participate with anyone until 2019. Before getting into a relationship in 2019, I have undergone few tests like pre-marital tests, including HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), VDRL (venereal disease research laboratory...  Read Full »

Dr. Kiran Anaparthi

Family Physician, HIV AIDS Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to One episode of the sexual act without a condom is having a chance of 3 times in 10000 sexual acts. So, with condom, it is very low chances of acquiring HIV. There are fewer chances of she is negative. With a condom, you have very low chances of one sexual encounter. ...  Read Full »

Does genital wart indicate the chances of cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, Recently I have been tested negative for HPV test (cervical swab) for high and low-risk strains of HPV. I had HPV some years ago (with warts), but after treating warts for a year, the symptoms stayed away. Now I see two tiny flesh-colored bumps near the opening of the vagina (since a ...  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I would like to know more details. I have some questions for you. Do you have vaginal bleeding? Do you experience pain while having sex? Is the lesion pedunculated (an elongated stalk of tissue)? Do you have fever or any other systemic symptoms? Are you Vaccinated?  Read Full »

Are those lines and patches on the penis related to sexually transmitted diseases?

Query: Hello doctor, I was just wondering what those lines or patches are on my penis, and it is only on the Corona of glans. I do not know if they have always been there or what (I had never paid any attention or looked that close at my penis and just seen them randomly when I was looking at it). I am 25...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from lines or patches on the corona of glans. According to the pictures (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) that are provided here, you may ...  Read Full »

Why do I have trouble walking and feel extreme tightness in my lower abdomen or pelvis after masturbation?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old male, and I am at the end of the line with chronic pain. Over the last approximately 12 to 14 months, I have increasingly quite high levels of pain and aching after masturbation or sex. Originally it started in my testicles, just feeling an ache, especially if it was...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for consulting. Inflammation of testis or orchalgia is one of the most painful conditions. This inflammation can be chronic and difficult to treat. The ultrasound showed inflammation, and I believe we should act on it. I know masturbating is painful, but we bett...  Read Full »

How to treat scrotal discomfort with severe itching?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 42-year-old male suffering from scrotum discomfort. I have severe itching on my ball sack. I have tried using topical creams and it helped me a lot. But it comes back. Please help.   Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. According to your statement, you are suffering from scrotal discomfort with severe itching. It can occur due to fungal infection. It occurs due to poor hygiene or sweating. It can also occur due to sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea,...  Read Full »

What tests are done for STDs?

Query: Hello doctor, I am getting married next year, and I wanted to tell you that I had sexual intercourse with multiple partners until now. And recently, I had oral sex with a masseur. I wanted to get tested for STD’s. So, if you can help me with the list of tests, I will get it done. I wanted to...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Geriatrician, Medical Oncologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Most of the labs have STD panel tests. You should get the STD panel tested. It will cover all.  Read Full »

During sex, my condom broke. Should I get an HIV test?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 24 years old. Four weeks back, I had double protection sex with a lady. During sex, the condom got slipped and broken. I took it out immediately within few seconds. I tested for viral markers on the same day and the test result came back negative. I am having sickness for a week. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj Patil

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician, Diabetologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Viral markers will not show a true result when it is taken on the same day. Now you have some symptoms and it is better to get tested yourself. Even though you have withdrawn immediately, still, you are at risk of getting an infection. Do not ...  Read Full »

What could cause a vaginal lesion with burning sensation?

Query: Hi doctor, I got intimate with my partner (no penetrative vaginal sex, only oral sex) and took a plan B contraception. I get my period after ten days, and all my pregnancy tests were always negative. I also went to the gynecologist who checked my area, and she swabbed me for gonorrhea, chlamydia, H...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from a vaginal lesion with a burning sensation but no pain or burning during micturition. According to the picture provided here (attachment removed to protect patient identity)...  Read Full »

What could be the bump with mild itching and scaling on scratching?

Query: Hello doctor,I usually test for STD's every six months as I am sexually active. I am a 22-year-old male. I met a girl and had sex with her. She told me that this is her second time ever having sex, and she was in a monogamous relationship since she was in high school. I developed this bump after hav...  Read Full »

Dr. Payal Chauhan

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The attached photograph is not clear (attachment removed to protect patient identity). And from whatever I could see, it does not look like any STD unless it started as fluid-filled lesions. Can you share some clear, focused pictu...  Read Full »

What should I do for the ulcer and painful rash on my penis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a single ulcer on my penis shaft where the doctor prescribed Keflex and Bactroban ointment. He also has a swab for chlamydia and blood tests for HIV, syphilis, hepatitis, etc., which all came back negative. I applied Bactroban on the ulcer and around the skin and decided to mas...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Ulcer on the shaft of the penis can be due to different reasons like herpes genitalis, local trauma, or secondary bacterial infection, and some STDs (sexually transmitted disease). Was there any pain associated with the appearance of an ulcer? Is there any painful o...  Read Full »

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