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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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Does syphilis sore on lip look like cold sore?

Greetings!I was really drunk the other night and accidentally made out with a guy who I heard had a cold sore looking scab on his lip. We didn't have any kind of sex though. Could it be possible to get syphilis this way? Does a syphilis sore on...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Thanks for the compliment. Kissing would not transmit syphilis. We all catch HSV (mostly 1) from each other starting in childhood. I would not worry.DW... Read more »

Can I kiss her? (Hoping for a quick answer!

I hope you get the chance to answer this pretty soon.Im in a long distance relationship with a girl ive met only a few of times. (never kissed). We're going to meet again pretty soon and shes so looking forward to kiss and have sexual contact....
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HiYou don't have to give up kissing; you just have to be aware of kissing with cold sores. People who actually have cold sore outbreaks will experience the majority of viral shedding at these times.So the answer to the question is yes, you can... Read more »

Quick question about tests

Quick Question: I had a very low risk "exposure" (protected sex with sex worker) exactly 8 weeks ago today. I had a test donw at 3, 4 and 7 weeks, all neg. I had some symptoms such as random cold sores (which stopped 2 weeks ago). I have...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,No, you should not be worried. Protected sex is considered "protected," assuming the latex condom was used properly and did not fail (break). Symptoms are notoriously unreliable in predicting who is and is not HIV infected. Your... Read more »

$30 donation for quick Q&A Sex Ed teacher

Hi, doctor. I am a highschool sex education teacher, and a lot of my students have had question of this sort. More recently a student is worried about a situation that had happened to him. He is an opening gay student and seems to have OCD with HIV....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Sex Education Teacher,The symptoms associated with HIV acute retroviral syndrome are quite variable from case to case. This variability includes not only the spectrum of individual symptoms but also the severity of those symptoms. Some HIVers... Read more »
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Cold/Canker Sores

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I had a quick question about cold and canker sores. I've had 2 cold sores and 1 canker sore in the past year. Does this seem abnormal, and if so are these possible symptoms of HIV. I has one possible exposure over a year ago, I got tested outside... Read more »

quick question about ars

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
cold sores on the lip that disappear within a few days are not in any way related to ars are they? thanks guys. Read more »

A quick question

Posted by maia, 1 Reply
Hi there, Can ARS start at 3 to 4 days post exposure? Can it only be a sore throat or would it be more than that? I don't think that I have any swollen lymph nodes but then.... would you be able to feel swollen lymoh nodes?

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53 days ora-quick neg, had classic ars

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Yesterday I had ora-quick done at Whitman-Walker in DC (blood/finger prick), very, very much to my surprise, came back totally negative, technician told me I had an 80% chance of being neg for real.

I've had "all" the symptoms starting 2 weeks... Read more »