Sub-clinical Herpes Infection

Subclinical herpes infection is referred to as an asymptomatic condition of herpes. A person with subclinical herpes serves as a carrier and can transmit the infection to others. The signs of herpes (the characteristic lip and genital sores) develop after a period of subclinical infection called the incubation period.

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Query: Hello doctor, I accidentally touched the vaginal fluid of a sex worker two and a half months ago. I had cracked skin on my finger. It was a deep crack, but not a bleeding crack. So, I consulted a local doctor there. He gave me PEP medicines for 30 days. It was Teno-EM and Lamivir. Five weeks later, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have noted your concern. There was actually no need for PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis). The HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) virus does not enter through cracks, especially if it is more than a few hours old and is not freshly bleeding. Nevertheless, your HIV ...  Read Full »

Should I take Acyclovir medicine for asymptomatic HSV-1 IgG positive results?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35 year old male. I weigh 68 Kg and my height 5'5". I am in a healthy status. History: No episodes of herpes except chickenpox in childhood. No infection of HIV - clinically tested every 6 months since last 7 years. I am straight and only 1 relationship with spouse. Both me and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for providing all the details. I shall answer your questions one by one. 1. As you have mentioned that you do not have any symptoms at the moment, there is no need to take Acyclovir. 2. A repeat test can be done just for your reassurance. Chances of false positi...  Read Full »

What does HSV 1/ 2 (IgG) type-spec AB positive mean?

Query: Hi doctor, I received some routine blood work (annual physical) and my results came in today. I noticed something that made my heart sank. HSV 1/ 2(IGG) type-spec AB tested positive with a reading of 33.10 H. What does this mean? Am I extremely contagious? I have never had a cold sore, nor do I now...  Read Full »

Dr. Payal Chauhan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1. In general population, around 50 to 75 % have HSV antibodies in the blood which they might have acquired at some time in the past life due to clinical or subclinical herpes infection. 2. If you do not have any active lesions you do not require any active treatmen...  Read Full »

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