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Herpes and HIV transmission

Sep 25, 2000

My baby recently came into contact with a person who had a severe herpes outbreak on her nose. He seemed to develop a herpes outbreak on the nose himself the following week. Is her outbreak a sign of HIV infection? If so, could she have spread HIV infection to him as well?

Response from Mr. Kull

HIV is not spread through skin-to-skin contact. Herpes is, usually when there are active lesions. The herpes outbreak on this person's nose is in no way a sign that she is HIV infected. She could not have spread HIV to your child this way.


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