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Will Cold Sores Give You 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 »

Cold Sores w/HIV and Valtres

Is there a propensity to get cold sores more often with HIV+? Can Valtrex be taken to prevent cold sore development if HIV+?
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Cold sores due to herpes simplex are frequently more recurrent in HIV+persons and can be suppressed with medications such as Valtrex, Famvir, Read more »

when does herpes strikes..?

Dear Doc, May I ask and know when does herpes virus would strike on during the HIV infection when does it occurs in the body? and also in the mouth? What particular part in the body does it commonly appears aside from the mouth?? (on the head of...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...area (can involve the vagina, cervix, anal and rectal areas as well) while the other form more often involves the oral region (cold sores). Another herpes virus, herpes zoster, infects the nerve root (chicken pox) and then later in life can... Read more »

cold sore as an early sign of HIV infection?

Mr. Sowadsky-- About six months ago, I had sex with an old boyfriend, andalthough I do remember using condoms with him, I'm not sure because I was extremely intoxicated. At anyrate, this summer I had an outbreak of cold sores on my nose after a...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...Hi. Thank you for your question.Cold sores are due to the Herpes Simplex viruses. A person can have theherpes viruses and NOT have HIV. They are two seperate infections.Stress Read more »
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AIDS InfoNet

HIV and the Mouth

...These are discussed below. Dry Mouth and Tooth Decay Candidiasis (thrush) Canker sores (apthous ulcers) Cold sores (herpes simplex) Gum disease (periodontitis) Hairy leukoplakia Kaposi's Sarcoma Enlarged... Read more »
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 »
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

How Risky Is It?

...herpes outbreak, syphilis, or the flu. When either person has open sores that get exposed to infected fluids. These could be cold sores, genital herpes, mouth ulcers, syphilis sores, or other cuts or breaks in the skin. When there is... 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 »

hiv,condoms,std's...ect

Posted by sadface, 2 Replies
...protected with a condom if they have already been removed on the gentleman? And last but not least...if a man has been prone to cold sores on his lip, but they are not present at the time and he performs oral on you, can it be tranmitted still??... Read more »

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 Read more »