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What Difference Between A Cold Sore And Herpes

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AIDS InfoNet

Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores and Genital Herpes)

...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. 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 can cause infections in the genital area, and HSV2 can infect the mouth area. HSV is a very common...
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cold sores = genital herpes?

are they both the same virus? aren't they two different simplex herpes types? in oral sex, can someone with a cold sore on the lips transmit the herpes virus to another person and have it manifest as genital herpes and/or lip cold sores (even...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...types of herpes simplex virus (HSV) that are categorized as HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 generally causes what are commonly known as cold sores or fever blisters: those uncomfortable, sometimes painful bumps you get around your mouth that are like... Read more »

hiv and herpes

Dear Dr. BobI guess many folks are getting herpes (oral and genital) out of unprotected sex. I have also read that herpes destroyes the immune system with the same vengence as HIV does by altering the genetic code of healthy cells and thus causes...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...base.Regarding herpes, nearly 7 out of very 10 Americans have oral herpes, often acquired non-sexually during childhood (i.e. "cold sores"). At least 45 million Americans have genital herpes. (That's about one out of every five Americans.) Herpes... Read more »

herpes, lymph nodes, hiv??

Hi, I was told I have herpes 1 about 6 months ago but it cleared up straight away and I had very few symptoms. I had unprotected sex 2 months ago and had another outbreak days after. This time medication made no difference and it took about 5 weeks...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...type 1, nearly 7 out of 10 Americans have oral herpes, which, by the way, is often acquired non-sexually during childhood (i.e. cold sores). That you had a severe outbreak "days after" your unsafe-sex experience does not change your HIV risk... Read more »

herpes virus 6

my question is concerning the lesser known herpes virus type 6, my health is a bit complicated as i am recovering and now getting well from several years of chronic fatigue syndrome, during this ilness i had a mono type viral infection caused by...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...is just fine and dandy. Next, why do you think "mirgrating little aches and pinching feelings" are related to a "mild type of herpes outbreak?" The advice your "health expert" gave you about HHV6 is bogus. Your immune system is neither suppressed... Read more »
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U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Understanding Genital Herpes

...There are two types of HSV. HSV type 1 most commonly infects the mouth and lips, causing sores known as fever blisters or cold sores. HSV type 2 is the usual cause of genital herpes, but it also can infect the mouth. Transmission If... Read more »
The Well Project

Gynecological Problems

...common forms of herpes are herpes simplex virus-1 and herpes simplex virus-2. Although herpes-1 is most often associated with cold sores, both forms may be sexually transmitted and can cause genital herpes. Like other viruses, herpes remains in... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Immune Restoration Syndrome

... Herpes Simplex outbreaks. Fact Sheet 509 has more information on shingles. Fact Sheet 508 discusses herpes simplex (cold sores and genital herpes.) Molluscum (a skin infection. See Fact Sheet 513 ). Mycobacterium Avium Complex... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Opportunistic Infections

...that can lead to blindness. CD4 cell range: under 50. See Fact Sheet 504 . Herpes simplex viruses can cause oral herpes (cold sores) or genital herpes. These are fairly common infections, but if you have HIV, the outbreaks can be much more... Read more »
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STD? cold sores, herpes???

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...i've seen how cold sores are active in hiv poz individuals. but i thought cold sores were common in people with a herpes strain? and the cold sores Read more »

Cold sores /hiv infection

Posted by bug, 2 Replies
...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 sex. Next... Read more »

Herpes question

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Can u catch a different strain of herpes from someone if you yourself had herpes for 10+ years but had an unprotected exposure with someone who just recently got it from Read more »

Herpes=HIV??!??!

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I read that people with HIV have more Herpes outbreaks. I've never had herpes that I know of. Ever. No blisters...anywhere....ever. Im still paranoid about HIV and now Read more »