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AIDS Infection Risk Kissing Cold Sore

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Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores and Genital Herpes)

What Is Herpes? Herpes simplex refers to a group of viruses that infect humans. Like herpes zoster (shingles, see Fact Sheet 509 ), herpes simplex causes painful skin eruptions. Itching and tingling are usually the first signs, followed by a blister that breaks open. The infection stays dormant in nerve cells. This is called "latency." However, it can become active again with no warning. Herpes can be active without symptoms or visible signs....
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wet kissing with cold sores

What is the relative risk (high, medium, low) for this situation: I engaged in wet kissing (I don't know if my partner has HIV) and later saw three small cold sores inside my lower lip (each about 0.5mm in size). My partner did not have any...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
This is not a situation for which I recommend testing. HIV is not transmitted through kissing. RMK... Read more »

risk of HIV from oral sex with cold sore

what are the risk of contracting hiv from someone from the act of performing oral sex when cold sore blisters are present on the lips of the partner providing the oral sex?would the use of a condom reduce the risk? it is possible for the virus to be...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Theoretically, if you have some sort of active sore or lesion and that comes into contact with HIV infected fluids, there would be an increased risk of HIV transmission. A barrier that prevents fluids from coming into contact with the sore would... Read more »

Open Mouth Sores And Kissing

Me and My ex-boyfriend were dating for a while and we kissed a lot. When we first kissed he had open sores in his mouth. The a few weeks later I got sores in my mouth. We still kissed a lot. After we broke up his brother and best friend told me that...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Response from David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Grady Health System
Whereas it is true that HIV can be transmitted orally, the vast majority of cases involved oral intercourse, not deep kissing. At the recent 4th International Oral AIDS Conference held in South Africa, the risk of transmission via oral intercourse... Read more »

kissing a slutty stripper chick w/ sore throat??? HIV?

Yea, i started talking to this girl who was a stripper for years, she has lots of kids with different fathers... and is slutty, she also goes to a methadone clinic for what she says is "pancreatitis" but they say people with AIDS/HIV...
Richard Cordova III

Response from Richard Cordova III

Test Positive Aware Network
Hi, there:The likelihood of transmission through kissing is extremely low. Barring some extenuating circumstances, such as blood gushing from her mouth, the risk would be basically non-existent. I would not be concerned.In health,Richard... Read more »
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will I be infected by kissing?

Posted by worrying, 1 Reply
Hello,
Four months ago, I dated with a male net friend, whose HIV status was unknown to me. In our date, he kissed and licked my cheek, lips and part of gum. But we didn't have deep kissing, no direct tongues' contact either. The only thing I've... Read more »

Scared I got infected from french kissing

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does anyone know if it is possible to get infected through french kissing. I was making out with this person and before anything else happened she told me that she had hiv. Also if I caught it from her would I have had some symptoms by now? It was 7... Read more »

Cold sores /hiv infection

Posted by bug, 2 Replies
Hello,
I recently had sex with a prostitute and was so drunk(and stupid) i couldn't think of any possible dangers.
The prostitute had several cold sores on her body. We had unprotected oral sex (lasted less than a minute) and 2 times protected vaginal... Read more »

Deep kissing, receving multiple oral and rimming, symptoms, risk?

Posted by TopGuy1, 1 Reply
About a month ago I had sex with a couple of guys on a vacation, in gay sauna. They gave me oral and we kissed (real deep french kissing), no anal. I had something like a zit on the penis and canker sore in the mouth. One guy rimmed me.

A week after... Read more »