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What's The Difference Between Mouth Ulcers And Herpes Simplex 1

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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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Herpes Simplex in corners of mouth

I have been positive for 5 years and not on meds yet. For the past six months I have developed cold sores at the inside corners of the mouth. The severity seems to fluctuate and is very irritating as the skin cracks and sometimes bleeds. I have...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
First of all, are you certain that what you have is herpes? Often, the same symptom of sores and crackingat the corners of the mouth ("angular cheilitis" in medical terminology) can be due to candida (yeast). If your symptoms are due to... Read more »

mouth ulcers

I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT MOUTH ULCERS.Ever since I can remember I have always had one mouth ulcer once a year, thatwould appear on my inside cheek. It would last a few days and go away leaving noscar. On June 04, 2001, for the first time I...
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
There can be many different reasons for having ulcers in your mouth. They can be secondary to infections, side effects to medications including over the counter products, allergic reactions, connective tissue disorders and even malignancies. So... Read more »

Mouth Ulcers

Hi DoctorI am the same person who wrote about my herpes labialis. I am worried as I am getting recurrent mouth ulcers(small ones) and some erosion on the gums. I am very worried as these seem to be the specific HIV symptoms listed on other sites....
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Herpes among other viruses can cause mouth ulcers as well. It is unlikely that these ulcers are the result of HIV in you given a negative HIV test at 3 months.MH... Read more »

Herpes simplex and ARS

Hi doctor Mark.My question is, 10 days after possible hiv-exposure I felt tired, got a running nose and a little fever (up and down, max. 38,5C)Duration about 12 -14 days.About a week later I got herpes simplex at my mouth.Not severe, and only in...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Reactivation of herpes infections have been found to occur after many things including sun exposure, infections, stress, other diseases, etc. Thus, this finding is not specific for acute HIV infection.... Read more »
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genital herpes or herpes simplex

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Could herpes cause changes in your mouth like dry mouth, white hairy tongue? Thanks for your response.

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Herpetic ulcer in the mouth

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi everyone. Im 26 years old female from Western Europe.
I had unproteceted sex with someone several times. Since then I think i m living a nightmare. Every symptom that happens to my body i think its hiv. I'm a hypochondriac person anyway and i... Read more »

Mouth Ulcers and Strip Clubs

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
the talk about mouth ulcers has me really worried. I wnt to a strip club about two weeks ago and ended up sucking on a woman's nipple for a few minutes. Was on a business trip. Shouldn't have gone out like that. It's been bothering me ever since.... Read more »

Mouth ulcers?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Can mouth ulcers increase the risk of HIV transmition through oral sex? I have performed oral sex to another guy of unknown status whilst I have had an ulcer on the inside of my top lip. Read more »