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Risk Of AIDS Transmission From Kissing Cold Sore

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syphilis risk from kissing?

First, Dr. Frascino, let me say that I cried when I read about you having HIV and how you got it. I cried not because I'm sad, but because of how much I admire the way you seem to be living your life to the fullest and helping others, not just with...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...for the risk of acquiring syphilis from French kissing. Likewise for other STDs.Can it happen? Sure. If someone has an active cold sore, he or she could transmit herpes to his or partner with a kiss. Or if someone had an active syphilitic... Read more »

DONATION IS IN THE MAIL...kiss of death??? NEED YOU PLEASE!!!

DR. BobI want to start by saying that I think what you do is amazing. I am sending a donation in... Read more »

wet kissing with cold sores

What is the relative risk (high, medium, low) for this situation: I engaged in wet kissing (I... Read more »
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San Francisco General Hospital

A Kiss Is Just a Kiss

...bet on the 40-to-1 shot at the track, and we would never, ever try to fill an inside straight. We know, for example, that the risk of transmitting HIV during unprotected vaginal intercourse is 1 in 500, and we know the risk is even higher for... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores and Genital Herpes)

...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... Read more »
The Well Project

Oral Sex: What's the Real Risk for HIV?

...There are things you can do to reduce the risk associated with oralsex: Don't have oral sex if you or your partner have mouth sores (such as oralherpes lesions). Look at your partner's genitals for lesions (cuts or scrapes). ... Read more »
The Well Project

Older Women: At Risk for HIV Infection

...don't have sex, many senior women aresexually active and some are injection-drug users. Older women can actually beat greater risk for HIV infection then younger women with the same behaviorsbecause they have thinner vaginal walls and other... Read more »
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Kissing shaft and sitting Risk too?

Posted by happyheart, 2 Replies
...kissed the shaft of his penis, which had no barrier. I gave his shaft two quick pecks. It didn't seem wet or anything. Am I at risk for getting HIV this way? Am I at risk from the french kissing, sitting on his penis without my own underwear on... Read more »

low risk contact but fever and rash??

Posted by bob111, 2 Replies
...giving. i gave only for a short amount of time, not sure how much precum was in mouth and had a canker sore in mouth. i had two cold sores that were crusted over and scabbed over below my lower lip, not sure if that was a risk or not. no... Read more »

Passing on HIV via Saliva

Posted by SaltyWater, 2 Replies
...negative person had core / cold core on the edge of his mouth, if the saliva from the infected person came into contact with this cold sore, whats he chances of the negative person catching the virus? Read more »

Kissing a Risk for HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
... Last night I French kissed a sex worker, stripper actually, several times and now I am scared to death that I may carry HIV home to my wife and kids. Should I tell? Should I test for HIV in 12 weeks. This is all that happened, but I am... Read more »