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Does one need to worry if two previous STD results were positive?


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Dr. K. Shobana

Published At February 3, 2023
Reviewed AtOctober 11, 2023

Patient's 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 about why the last two results are coming positive. And also, is this dangerous? Now soon I am getting married. My query is should I be worried, and any further test would be required, or my STD profile is fine, and I can go get married? And can I touch my life partner and kiss her without any hesitation or problem? Can I do other sexual activity with her after marriage, and can I continue my normal lifestyle without any tension? Please let me know, doctor.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

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, there is no need for further testing. I cannot find our last conversation. Just wanted to ask did you ever have herpes genitalis, basically ulcers over the penile area, in the past? If not, then you can completely have a normal life. When there is lesions post episode of herpes genitalis patient, do have asymptomatic shedding of the virus for six months to one year. In that case, sexual activity should be avoided. Hope this helps. Regards.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Thanks for the reply. Sorry, I forgot to mention that detailed information. Below I have mentioned that history. I had protected sex with a male, and no, I never had herpes genitalis in the past. But once, almost six to seven months back, my lymph gland near my thigh got swollen, and I had pain. After consulting a doctor locally, she told me to have a complete blood count test. And my test report is normal except leukocyte count, which is currently 11.93. For that, she prescribed the below medicines for five days continuously and, after five days, again did one more complete blood count test to check leukocyte count, which came normal after five days of finishing that medication course. And almost one and half years back, I took the chicken pox vaccine because my roommate had chickenpox, and just for precautionary of my health, I had taken that. So this was my past health history. I have the following doubts. In the last thread, you mentioned that "positive IgG indicates past infection of herpes which in your case is positive. And once it is positive, it is always going to remain positive." So does it mean that IgG details just give us the HSV past information only, and it will always show like that, but the main information we look into is IgM details? Please can you elaborate on that? If there is no point of anxiety or worry, then after marriage, shall I have a normal physical relationship with my wife without any hesitation or anxiety or any problem before marriage? Also, can I kiss any girl, or can I touch someone? After marriage, can I have a child without any problem? Please clarify my doubts because I have very little knowledge of HSV, and soon I am going to get married, so I am so much nervous and full of anxiety. Please let me know.


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I read your queries and understand your concern. Following are answers to your queries. Yes, it is an adaptive response of our body antibodies, and they are formed against a specific antigen. So next time, if the same antigen attacks, antibodies are already present to avoid a second episode of infection. Yes, you can have a physical relationship without worries. Sure, you can start a family and have children without any problem. Hope this helps. Kind regards.

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