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Are Cold Sores Caused By Hiv

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AIDS InfoNet

Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores and Genital Herpes)

...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. Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1) is the common cause of cold sores (oral herpes) around the mouth. HSV2 normally causes genital herpes. However, through sexual activity, HSV1 can cause infections in the genital area, and HSV2 can infect the mouth area. HSV is a very common...
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Skin on Lips

I have been HIV+ since 2003 and have been on the same medicines ever since. In April of this year I got my first tattoo on my ankle. Within a few minutes my lower lip began to itch, swell, and eventually darkened and peeled. Since April 2007 this...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...a good medical evaluation looking for other causes or conditions would seem reasonable. Some HIV meds (like nevirapine) can cause disorders of the mucous membranes. Herpes simplex (cold sores) commonly involves the lips and results in recurrent... Read more »


Hi...My dad has been HIV+ for about 9 years now. He was diagnosed with ALL last year (which at this moment is currently in remission). He is currently taking maintence chemo pills and Atripla for his HIV. He was just told he has CMV. Is he in the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...HIV carry the virus. CMV is the most common virus passed onto a pregnant woman's unborn baby.Most of the time, CMV does not cause disease. It may be a cause for mononucleosis, commonly called mono. Among people with damaged immune systems,... Read more »

hiv and herpes

Dear Dr. BobI guess many folks are getting herpes (oral and genital) out of unprotected sex. I have also read that herpes destroyes the immune system with the same vengence as HIV does by altering the genetic code of healthy cells and thus causes...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...present. Herpes does not "destroy the immune system with the same vengeance as HIV." Nor does herpes "cause AIDS!"HIV/AIDS is caused by an entirely different virus: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). HIV can be transmitted via unprotected sex.... Read more »

Mouth and Tongue sores

I am a 44 year old HIV+ male who has been positive since 1993. I have been on Norvir/Saquninivir/AZT/Hivid combo since August 1996 and have been "undetectable" for virus for over six years now. My T-Cell count is in the 450-550 range consistently....
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...sounds like aphtous ulcers which are common in the general population and more common in HIV. In the old days ddC was a common cause of that problem among HIV+ persons on that drug. The etiology is often unclear and can't be pinned down. A... Read more »
Project Inform

Blood Work: A Complete Guide for Monitoring HIV

...can be a sign of anemia. Symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, pale skin color and menstrual problems. Anemia can be caused by some medicines and/or illness. Low RBC counts occur with lower hemoglobin and hematocrit levels. Anemia may be... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Opportunistic Infections

...that can lead to blindness. CD4 cell range: under 50. See Fact Sheet 504 . Herpes simplex viruses can cause oral herpes (cold sores) or genital herpes. These are fairly common infections, but if you have HIV, the outbreaks can be much more... Read more »
The Well Project

Gynecological Problems

...The vaccine is approved for girls and women who are 9-26 years of age. Gardasilâ„¢ is effective in preventing cervical cancer caused by HPV types 16 and 18, which cause approximately 70% of all cervical cancers and in preventing infection with... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

How Risky Is It?

...herpes outbreak, syphilis, or the flu. When either person has open sores that get exposed to infected fluids. These could be cold sores, genital herpes, mouth ulcers, syphilis sores, or other cuts or breaks in the skin. When there is... Read more »
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Patients with concomitant HIV and CVID

Posted by Impossible
...months or so but beforehand if I hadn't been taking lysine pills with my meals high in arginine I would have had quite a few cold sores. Due to getting this one cold sore I've taken a lysine pill sometimes with my high arginine content foods(nuts... Read more »

cold sore/pimple?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...could a cold sore on the upper be lip at first be confused as a pimple? and would it indicate hpv if a cold sore, or does hpv show as clusters? Read more »

Sore throat...sinus drainage symptoms!??!

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies and especially my bedroom is fairly cold...and dry!!! I've had NO fevers, no rashes, no night sweats, no fatigue, no mouth anything other than this yucky sinus/throat stuff!!! And like I said, you can actually see the drainage... Read more »

I dont know wat to do, I tink my life is over!!

Posted by derken, 3 Replies
...came back negative but I have a girlfriend now and I tink I may have passed it on becasue she has lost lots of weight and has cold sores on her lips and has pains in her stonach but none of this is uncommon to her. My symptons have been increased... Read more »