Medical Specialty >> Gastroenterology

Doctors Lounge - Gastroenterology Answers

Back to Gastroenterology Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge ( does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 10/15/2017.

Forum Name: Gastroenterology Topics

Question: Crohn's and STDs

 owl457 - Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:15 am

My boyfriend (age 33) suffers from Crohn's and he is worried that he may be more at risk for contracting herpes from me than a person without Crohn's, even though I am on suppressive therapy. He feels that his daily medications diminish his immune system so greatly, that even with suppressive therapy, he will still get it and that his would be a much more severe case than normal people with herpes. Can you elaborate on his theory? We are both very uneducated about the effect STDs have on someone with Crohn's.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Tue Mar 06, 2007 4:51 pm

User avatar Many of the treatments for Crohn's syndrome do "weaken" the immune system making patients on them a bit more susceptible to infection. The degree of weakening depends on the medicine and dosing amounts.

Suppressive therapy helps control outbreaks of HSV but does not guarantee it won't be spread, even in "normal immune system" people.

I'm not aware of any specific data on HSV with Crohn's treatment. I recommend that your boyfriend discuss his case with his GI doctor to help elaborate his risks.

Best wishes.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us