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Does syphilis sore on lip look like cold sore?
Jan 17, 2014

Greetings!

I was really drunk the other night and accidentally made out with a guy who I heard had a cold sore looking scab on his lip. We didn't have any kind of sex though. Could it be possible to get syphilis this way? Does a syphilis sore on the lip look any different from a cold or chancre sore?

Dr. Wohl, if you answers this, I think you're adorable :D

Thank you!

Response from Dr. Wohl

Thanks for the compliment. Kissing would not transmit syphilis. We all catch HSV (mostly 1) from each other starting in childhood.

I would not worry.

DW



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