|cold sore question
Oct 12, 2000
My boyfriend (who is +) currently has a cold sore on the side of his tongue. I've pecked him a dry kiss hello several times in the past week, with each kiss lasting a very short time. Is this a risk for contracting the virus that causes the cold sore??
Response from Dr. Reznik
We still do not know what causes aphthous ulcerations or cold sores that appear on non-fixed or non-keratinized tissues such as the floor of the mouth, buccal mucosa (cheeks) or lateral border of the tongue. We do know that aphthous ulcerations are related to stress, smoking, etc and tend to last longer and be more painful in people living with HIV/AIDS. Should you worry that you may be at risk for cold sores now? No.
If, on the other hand, your partner had a herpetic outbreak or cold sore on the lip, then you should avoid the affected area.
Bottom line: from what you have described, the benefits of a little "dry kiss" far outweigh any concerns you may have about now being at risk for aphthous ulcerations.
Pain on those circumvalle Papillae bumps
DE TEST #2
- Can Someone Catch AIDS From Kissing Cold Sore?
- Can Someone Get HIV From Kissing Cold Sore?
- Kissing Cold Sore Scared I Have AIDS
- Stinging Pain After Kissing Cold Sore Worried I Have HIV
- Are Women Automatically Tested For Hiv While Pregnant?
- What Are Benefits That People With Hiv Can Get?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.