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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I have had throat itching, throat congestion, and ear itching, followed by oral sex. Are STDs causing this?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had throat itching, throat congestion, and ear itching for two months. It started immediately the next day after I had oral sex. Can it be due to STD?  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hi,Welcome to have seen the entire prescription (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity).It has mentioned congested nasal mucosa, posterior pharyngeal wall congestion, and one side TM (tympanic membrane) retraction. All are features of allergic rhinitis. There is no appar...  Read Full »

My boyfriend complains of itching and growth on his skin, which appears as dry skin to me. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My boyfriend keeps complaining of irritation after every time we have sex. He says something is growing on his skin that does not necessarily itch. I do have a picture, but to me, it just looks like dry skin. It was after he doused himself in peroxide. I do not have any STD this could tha...  Read Full »

Dr. Madhav Tiwari

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It does not look like an STD (sexually transmitted disease). Instead, it looks like dry skin and some angiokeratoma (small, discolored bumps) that form when capillaries get bigger or break open. The overlying skin thickens, leading to a rough or pebbly appearance. These a...  Read Full »

I am getting worried, tensed, and scared a bit about why the last two STD testing results are coming positive. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, The last time I informed you of the details and information regarding protected sex with a condom before five months ago. And after 16 weeks and six days, I had done STD testing. I have attached my reports. Please check and help me with this. I am getting worried, tensed, and scared a bit...  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. Positive IgG (immunoglobulin G) indicates past infection of herpes which in your case is positive. And once it is positive, it is always going to remain positive. There is no need to worry about that. Also, ther...  Read Full »

Why does my vagina itch and burn with a milky discharge?

Query: Hello doctor, I am currently not taking any medication. I am 23 years old, 4'11", 115 pounds. There is burning, itching, and passed some discharge, milky like discharge on the inside of labia minora, just thin layers being wiped off, small like cuts or something are there along with redness, burns ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Khurana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the case summary. I think your fungal infection of vagina and UTI (urinary tract infection) are still not resolved as I can see you having so much of fungal infection (attachment removed to protect patient identity) plus you have not taken your antibiotic...  Read Full »

I have a raised spot on the shaft of the penis. Could it be syphilis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a sexually active gay male. I always use condoms for anal sex. I have a spot on the shaft of the penis, which is a little tender to touch. It is raised and smooth with nothing inside. It has been like this for just under a week. Could it be syphilis? I have some acne on my inner t...  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In syphilis, there is ulceration. An ulcer is painless, round, well-circumscribed and indurated. It is associated with lymph node enlargement. With known history and recurrent episodes, you should get your STD (sexually transmitted diseases) profile done. ...  Read Full »

I tested positive for herpes type 1 during a routine STD test without having any symptoms. What precautions do I take?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30-year-old male with no symptoms, but a herpes type 1 test came out positive during a routine STD test two weeks back. Does oral herpes that is dormant put me at higher risk for other STDs or health issues in the future? Especially if I plan to have multiple partners for a whil...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Dormant oral herpes has nothing to do with the risk of other STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) or any other issue. The oral herpes virus is different from the genital herpes virus. If the IgM antibody is posi...  Read Full »

Could I have STD as my wife got a bladder infection after sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I want to check whether I have an STD. I have had a sexual encounter with a massage therapist. She performed unprotected oral sex with me. I have done some tests for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Both of the results came back negative. After that, I did a urine analysis, and it was negative. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Hi, and thank you very much for consulting icliniq. I think your wife might have a fungal infection which is common between wife and husband. It cannot be detected by STD (sexually transmitted diseases) screening symptoms like discomfort, cheesy white discharge like tof...  Read Full »

Do I need a PAP smear if I have a long-term homosexual relationship?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24 year old female in a long-term relationship with a girl. We have both never been in a relationship with anyone else nor had any sexual activity with other people of either gender before. Do I need to get my Pap smear test done? I have recently been to my gynecologist¬†and was...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How are you doing? I do not see any reason for you to get the test done. Let me explain why. Pap smear or Papanicolaou smear is taken from the outer and inner surface of the cervix called ectocervical and endocervical area respectively. When your cervix, especiall...  Read Full »

I have mild pain on the tip of my penis. Should I get tested for STDs?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having very mild pain in the tip of my penis. It is not causing any discomfort, rashes, burning while urinating, or bumps. It just feels off. I have had intercourse within two days of first noticing it. I was worried about the possibility of an STD. I did read in a previous respon...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concerns. First of all, I would like to inform you that mild pain in the tip of the penis after vigorous sexual intercourse can be normal, and there is little to worry about if you had sexual intercourse after a long while. In ca...  Read Full »

Does having balanitis and seborrheic dermatitis confirm that a person is HIV positive?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex with a commercial sex worker, and my HIV duo test after four months, rapid antibody screening test after six months, and one year are negative. I experienced severe flu two weeks after the sexual encounter, and for the last three to four months, I have been suf...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your concern in detail and understand it. 1) It is true that seborrheic dermatitis (a skin disease that causes scaly patches and red skin) and balanitis (inflammation of the foreskin and head of the penis) can be caused due to HIV (human immunodeficiency...  Read Full »

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