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 sperm cause any infection during anal sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I am totally new to sexual life and I read a lot about it but have some concerns. First of all my questions would be about gay sex (male with male). Secondly, in my questions I am assuming that no condoms or so protection used. 1. Assume that both parties do not have any disease and on...  Read Full »

Dr. Asma Sajid

General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query. As per your scenario the answer is no. Semen in itself cannot harm rectal mucosa or oral mucosa or make a new disease. Only if your partner/s has a disease that is transmitted via body fluids, only then you can get it. Same scenario with two male...  Read Full »

My HSV type 1 and type 2 index values are 0.70 and 0.23 respectively. Is the result conclusive?

Query: Hello doctor, I had protected sexual intercourse five months back. Now tested for STD and everything came back negative. I have a question around HSV. HSV index value for type 1 is 0.70 and type 2 is 0.23. It was a type specific IgG antibody test. Is this result conclusive? Or do I need to retake a...  Read Full »

Dr. Pankaj Mittal

Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Sexologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to For that above limited information as you have not mentioned your age and sex here which is very very important for any clinician and if the question is specific about some sexually transmitted disease, because pH of male and female genital organs are different, so a...  Read Full »

What causes blood in ejaculated semen?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 53-year-old male with no previous medical history. For the past two years, I observed my semen to be slightly pinkish in color (now I realized it was due to traces of blood) but I did not pay much attention. Since the last two to three months, I have been seeing blood in my eja...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The condition you described is known as hematospermia which means blood in semen. Although, it is considered a benign symptom in men but if for any person above 40 years of age the possibility of carcinoma should be ruled out. In two-third of the cases, no cause is ...  Read Full »

Even with negative GC swab and medications, I get yellow penile discharge. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a negative G/C swab. As a treatment, I took two doses of Fluconazole and Metrogyl. What can cause a yellow discharge from the penis? I do excessive masturbation and had sex with two unprotected partners.  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Udey

Geriatrician, Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Sleep Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yellowish discharge from the penis along with a history of unprotected sexual intercourse points towards having contracted STDs (sexually transmitted disease). The most common infection is that of gonorrhea and chlamydia, which presents with complaints of painful mic...  Read Full »

How to have safe sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23 year old male. I am currently in a relationship with a girl. I would like to have sexual affair with her but I am shy. I request some tips on how to have safe sex and how to approach the entire act. I have searched the internet but it is more confusing. Secondly, I want my partn...  Read Full »

Dr. Rashmi Singh

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I appreciate your awareness regarding safe sex and seeking opinion for it. Use a condom. I know that it is the most repetitive advice but you got to stick with this one, no matter what your temptation is. Not just for preventing pregnancy, but for preventing STDs (sexu...  Read Full »

My pubis is dry with white flakes. Is that a sign of STD?

Query: Hello doctor, My pubic area is white, flaky and dry. I was prescribed a lotion last month for folliculitis bumps and it went away. Now this problem persists. I got tested for STD two months ago, everything was fine.  Read Full »

Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is not clear about your age, the exact morphology, duration, symptoms, treatment taken, etc. Can you please send the photos and details so that we can get the real picture of the rash? It is good that you have been tested negative for STDs (sexually transmitted dis...  Read Full »

What causes red spots on penis and white discharge in foreskin after safe sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30-year-old male. A few days ago, I had safe sex with a condom. Now, I have two red dots on my penis. It also hurts when I urinate. When I pull down the foreskin, there is a whitish discharge. I am pretty sure I have caught some type of STD. I am freaking out and do not kno...  Read Full »

Dr. Meha Malhotra

Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand that you are worried. This looks like herpes but to be sure I will need a few more details. After how many days of the event did you notice these spots? Do you have any burning sensation? Are there any spots on the scrotum, lips, etc? Are you allergic t...  Read Full »

Is itchy and popping vesicle above the butt crack a sign of herpes?

Query: Hello doctor, The top of my butt crack has been itching for the past two days. I decided to scratch and a bump appeared. When I woke up this morning I noticed that it was still itchy but the bump was there anymore. I reached the back to feel it, but it felt a little wet as if it popped. I do not kn...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through the details and photo given by you. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Though the photo is not clear it appears as excoriated vesicle. You have not mentioned your age and symptoms like pain. It is at the top of your butt crack and the ...  Read Full »

Please suggest an opinion about genital STD infection.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26-year-old male. I have an STD infection in the genital area. I want to know about it? Please suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Shaunak Patel

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Glad you came out frankly and expressed your concern. You could post me your picture on the follow-up, upon which I can tell you the remedy. Also, write me a full detailed account of the nature of past sexual encounters before the problem. Make a special mention to t...  Read Full »

Can you get STD from a handjob?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a sexual experience with a massage worker. I am not sure exactly, but she seemed to kiss or maybe spit on to the top of my penis during a hand job. Later she rubbed her vagina across my penis. I moved away but it is completely possible that the end of my penis touched her vaginal l...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, HIV AIDS Specialist, Plastic Surgeon, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The exposure you described was practically not sufficient to transmit HIV virus. Even after having a full-blown penovaginal sex with HIV positive women, the chance of acquiring HIV is less than 0.05 percentage and by this you can calculate your risk. Cannot say ...  Read Full »

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