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Do People Catch HIV From 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 »

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 »

cold sore question

My boyfriend (who is +) currently has a cold sore on the side of his tongue. I've pecked him a dry kiss hello several times in the past week, with each kiss lasting a very short time. Is this a risk for contracting the virus that causes the...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

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

Grady Health System
We still do not know what causes aphthous ulcerations or cold sores that appear on non-fixed or non-keratinized tissues such as the floor of the mouth, buccal mucosa (cheeks) or lateral border of the tongue. We do know that aphthous ulcerations are... Read more »

kissing and mouth sores

Hi there,I have asked this question before but for whatever reason I have not recieved a response.I am a person who worries constantly. I just recieved a negative test (after 6 months) which I am glad about. However, about 3 weeks ago I was visiting...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Transmission throuh kissing is not only not rare, as far as we know, it is nonexistent. The CDC has not documented any cases of transmission through kissing (in the past 20+ years of the epidemic, there was only one reported, yet inconclusive,... Read more »
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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 »

Sore Throat And Colds Have Nothing To Do With HIV!

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Check this out:

http://www.hopkins-aids.edu/forum/view_question.html?section_id=61&id=48209&category_id=0

The doctor says that neither the frequency of, nor susceptibility to common colds (including sore throat symptoms) is different in HIV+... 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 »

Can I catch HIV infection this way?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I am only 19 and I don't quite understand why I have to deal with this.
Perhaps some will laugh at me for my ignorance and deem this post as a hoax, but I really am frightened over this issue and am losing sleep over this. Please, someone try to help... Read more »