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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 »

The Odds Are Against Me, Is Woo-Hoo Still Possible?

Dr. Bob,I wish I could claim to be one of the worried-well and had one of those "A hooker with a cold-sore fed me cheerios with a dirty spoon" type questions, but unfortunately my fear is a bit more rational. A few months ago, my partner...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,I'm sorry to hear about your boyfriend's recent diagnosis and complications. His response to the cytovene is indeed encouraging. I should also mention I've seen miraculous immunologic and physical recoveries with the combination of... Read more »

Mouth Sores and Kissing

Hello Dr I have a real quick question....I have a mild case of Gum disease...and My gums often bleed when brushed..although lately they haven't been bleeding that much anymore cause I'm getting treatment..I also have braces and often have...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

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

Grady Health System
If you take your time and brush your teeth according to the instructions you have received from your dental office, you should not continue to have a problem with bleeding gums. People who have orthodontic appliances (braces) have to work a lot... Read more »
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DR gave odds

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
i was tested for HIV at 1 month from possible vaginal exposure, the results came back negative. The dr told me before the results came back that it would be 70% of being accurate, does that hold water? He also said that i could test again at 3... 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 »

cold sores...

Posted by Anonymous
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 »