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Are there any natural remedies for herpes outbreaks?

I’d like to know if genital herpes outbreak can be controlled with any natural or organic remedies that you know about?

Are these peach-colored bumps inside my mouth herpes?

I have peach-colored bumps on the inside of my cheeks that were diagnosed as herpes. I’ve had them for over five weeks, and they haven’t gotten any better or worse. Is five weeks an unusually long time to have open herpes sores?

Did I get oral herpes from oral sex?

Yesterday, I performed oral sex on a man. Today, I have what look like little pimples on the corner of my mouth. They’re sore, so I’m wondering if they might be herpes.

How risky is unprotected oral sex?

What is the risk of contracting STDs through oral sex with a man who is not wearing a condom? Is the risk reduced if I don’t swallow the ejaculate?

Is it possible to catch HIV through a healing cold sore (oral herpes)?

The other day I had oral sex with a girl (I went down on her). I had a healing cold sore that had formed a scab and wasn’t bleeding. She wasn’t bleeding, either, but now I’m concerned that I’ve put myself at risk for HIV/AIDS. Is it possible to get HIV through a healing cold sore?

I found a small ulcer on my vulva. What is it?

Recently, it hurts to have intercourse with my boyfriend. We looked, and there is a small cut that looks like an ulcer on my vulva. What is it and how can I treat it? I don’t want to go to my doctor.  

I have a yeast infection…how long do my boyfriend and I have to wait to have oral sex again?

I am 17 years old, and I’ve just been diagnosed with my first yeast infection. My boyfriend and I enjoy oral sex and I was wondering how long I should wait until we can have oral sex again? Until the itching is gone?

My partner and I have been having great sex for many years…but now, my vagina is extremely sensitive and intercourse is painful. Why?

My partner and I are in a monogamous relationship, and we’ve both been tested for HIV. We’ve been having great sex for a number of years without a problem...but now, intercourse is painful. The entrance to my vagina has become extremely sensitive and intercourse feels like being rubbed with sandpaper. I’ve noticed small sores in the area, too. My doctor was quick to say they’re herpes, but the test he did on one of the sores was inconclusive. What do you think?

How can I protect myself from catching genital herpes from my girlfriend?

I met a girl online who just found out she has herpes. I think she’s a very sweet person. Is it possible to lead a normal life with her? How do we have sex without spreading the disease? Will I get herpes from her if we take all the precautions? 

Can you get genital herpes from oral sex...with a prostitute?

I’m a 22-year-old male. I always had protected sex with only one girlfriend. Then, six months ago, I got drunk at a bachelor party and received oral sex from a prostitute. I’ve developed red bumps with white heads that come and go in the area around my penis. The most recent bump is larger, darker red and filled with pus (like a large pimple) and is now getting smaller and a little crusty around the edges. I also have similar bumps on the edges of my eyelids and around my mouth. I’m concerned...what do you think?