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Can AIDS Be Transmitted Through 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 »

old cold sore and oral sex

Dear Ryan,I, too, must thank you for the invaluable information and insightful advice your provide in this forum. My concern is this:Last night, I received oral sex (I was the insertive partner) from a man. He had sucked my penis a few (2-3) minutes...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
It is difficult to say if you were exposed to herpes simplex virus 1 (presuming that HSV-1 was the cause of the sore you saw on his lip) because it is possible that the sore was no longer infectious. It is possible to transmit HSV-1 to the genital... 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 »

Transmit HIV/AIDS from kissing?

Is it possible to be infected with the HIV/AIDS from kissing with someone with an 1. ulcer?2. cut?in the mouth.Thank You...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
If you are exposed to someone else's blood (from a cut or an ulcer) that is infected with HIV, it is possible to get infected with HIV. Possible does snot mean probable, though.... Read more »
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hiv transmits through kissing

Posted by maruti, 2 Replies
this is vipin my age is 26,last week i kissed one girl its a open mouth kiss for 20secs,there was no blood in my mouth,no cuts,there is any chance to get hiv infection for me,plz help me i was scared Read more »

HIV THRU KISSING

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Pliz give me all the cases of ppl who acquired the HIV thru kissing, no matter if they had sores or bleeding gums, but ALL of the reported cases of HIV transmitted thru kissing. Read more »

cold sores....

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi all,Iam unaware of my hiv status, about 3 months ago(while under alot of stress) i got tiny white bumps on my upper lip and some in the corner of my mouth, I thought that it might of been cold sores, but 3 months later they haveint grown,they... Read more »

cold sores

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi all, this is not a question if i have hiv.
about 4 months ago(while under alot of stress) on my upper lip i noticed lots of little white bumps(tiny)I thought maybe it was cold sores but 3 months later they have not burst or anything, Iam wondering... Read more »