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regarding stds, hiv, aids etc

May 22, 2013

I recently went to get tested for everything. I am not sure if i an positive for any std, hiv or aids etc i hvnt recieved my results. But if i was infected could i pass on the infection to my daughter. By sneezing,coughing, spitting or with just a peck on her cheek? I also have a cold swore in my mouth if contacted will this infect others? Thank you so much

Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman

Hello there- No, I would not worry about you passing a genital std or hiv to your child through casual contact. The cold sore you describe is likely herpes type 1 which can be transmitted to your child by contact with an infectious area of the skin during re-activations of the virus. Although less likely, the herpes viruses can be transmitted when you don't have active lesions. Most people who are infected with the herpes simplex virus got it during their preschool years, most likely from close contact with someone who has it or getting kissed by an adult with the virus.Hope that helps. Take care, LHW

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