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My wife was recently diagnosed with HSV-2 after showing typical blistering in the vaginal area and having both blood and swab tests. Her physician prescribed Valtrex for treatment. We have been in a monogamous relationship for over 30 years and neither of us have had any visual symptoms in the past. She did have a similar occurrence about a year ago but tested negative. Her symptoms came in conjunction with several menstrual cycle problems and several yeast infections, all of which have been treated by her physician. I plan on getting tested, and believe that I’ll most likely test positive. Her doctor told her that he has never witnessed the virus being dormant for more than 12 years. This has caused her to doubt my faithfulness in the relationship, which I understand under the circumstances. I do not doubt her faithfulness at all. I could easily accept the fact that I (or she, for that matter) was infected prior to our marriage over 30 years ago and never knew...can the herpes virus remain dormant for that long before showing symptoms?
My HIV antibody test is positive...but the Western Blot is negative. What does this mean? Do I have HIV or not?
About 7 months ago I visited a gentleman's club in Singapore (I was there for school). I wound up French kissing one of the workers there. I did not have sex ⎼ including oral sex ⎼ and no drugs at all. I got concerned about STDs so I went to a doctor for advice. He said that French kissing is a risk for HIV and I should get tested at 3 months...but I got scared so I got tested almost every week. And all ten tests were negative until my last test at a hospital. That test was an ag/ab test called a chemiluminescence test and the document they gave me had an index number on it (2.69). They ran a Western Blot for HIV-1 and HIV-2, both of which were negative. I went back for confirmation two weeks later and got the same results but with an even lower index number (1.72). I’m so confused about these results...but I also read that false positives are rare...do you have any advice?
I’m in a new relationship with a man and we recently slept together for the first time. My question is: why would a man's semen have an unusually "pungent" taste and odor? I usually enjoy oral sex, but cannot bring myself to do it with him.
Since as long as I can remember, I've always had some light, vaginal discharge. A few weeks ago, my boyfriend performed oral sex on me for the first time. A week later, he had a high fever and his doctor diagnosed him with a "throat infection" (not strep). Did my discharge cause this infection and is it an STD?
My husband and I don’t use protection during intercourse, and when we’re finished I have a burning feeling in my vagina. Could I be allergic to his sperm?
I’ve been sexually active since I was 16. Since the first time I had sex ⎼ and every time after that, only with sex ⎼ there’s a white discharge from my vagina. The discharge is kind of thick and smooth, and there’s no unusual odor. Is there something wrong with me?
I’m a 19-year-old college student and I am concerned about my vaginal discharge. It’s very heavy lately. There is no itching and not really any bad smell, but it is rather embarrassing. At first I thought it could be signs of a yeast infection…but besides the heavy cottage cheese discharge, there are no other signs. Please help.
I think I may have a venereal disease. I'm 19 and haven't had sex…I have some bumps on my scrotum at the base of each hair and these bumps around the ridge of my penis head that look like pimples. I've had these for about three years, possibly longer. I'm scared as I’ve entered my first real relationship where sex is inevitable...can you tell me what I have?
I’m a female, C5 quad and have never had a sexually transmitted disease. I self-cath and haven't had serious urinary tract infections before. My boyfriend and I are in a monogamous relationship and recently became sexually active. We don’t use protection...could this be why I’ve been getting more frequent urinary tract infections lately?
I have started to have a burning feeling in my vagina when I have sexual intercourse. It hurts so much, I have to stop. My boyfriend and I use condoms...so what could it be?