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Are cold sores considered an std?

Are cold sores considered an std?

No: Cold sores usually aren't a sexually transmitted disease (std). They are caused by the herpes simplex virus. There are two kinds of herpes virus: hsv-1, which is usually not an std and occurs on the lip, and hsv-2, which usually causes herpes genitalis, which is essentially an std in the genital area. Both viruses can be transmitted by saliva, body secretions or oral sex. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Killian
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Std (Definition)

This is a disease which can be transmitted from one person to another person through sexually related activities. This does not limit these activities to heterosexual intercourse, but encompasses all modalities of human-to-human sexual activity. It does not include illnesses that may make an individual more susceptible to a condition because of a sexual ...Read more


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Do you know are cold sores/herpes simplex considered an STD and how can I get rid of it?

Do you know are cold sores/herpes simplex considered an STD and how can I get rid of it?

Herpes Simplex 1: Is usually associated w cold sores (oral) but could be transmitted to genital area. You can't cure it. Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at >. ...Read more

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Supposing you get cold sores. Does that mean you have the STD herpes?

Supposing you get cold sores. Does that mean you have the STD herpes?

Herpes: There are two herpes viruses. Most people who get cold sores have herpes type one or herpes simplex. 75% of americans have this infection and most got it as children from other family members. Herpes type two used to be called 'genital' herpes and is thought to be the std virus. But, the confusing part of the story is that either virus can be transmitted to an uninfected individual during sex. ...Read more

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Since I get cold sores sparingly do I need to inform my boyfriend when I have sex ? Does this mean I have a std. I'm very scared .

Since I get cold sores sparingly do I need to inform my boyfriend when I have sex ? Does this mean I have a std. I'm very scared .

Tell him, stay calm: If there is any doubt about having oral herpes (cold sores), see a doctor to confirm. (Some people confuse canker sores with cold sores, but they are different.) You should tell your partner, and avoid kissing or performing oral sex when you have an outbreak. Oral herpes is not an STD, usually caught in childhood from other kids, but can be transmitted sexually (kissing, oral sex). ...Read more

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What counts as a sore that can contract an std, aside from cold sores, by kissing? Does it have to be a bleeding sore or does any sore pose a risk?

What counts as a sore that can contract an std, aside from cold sores, by kissing?  Does it have to be a bleeding sore or does any sore pose a risk?

Open sore: Any ulceration can be problematic and either represent an infection or develop into an infection. If a ulcer (sore) is present it needs proper wound care. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Help please! is cold sores/fever blisters always associated with being a std?

Help please! is cold sores/fever blisters always associated with being a std?

No: An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. You are likely thinking of herpes simplex virus type 2. ...Read more

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I've had cold sores in the past, does that mean I have oral herpes? I've had STD testing before and it's neg is there a different test for herpes?

Herpes, cold sores: Cold sores and oral herpes are the same thing, just different names. Standard STD testing usually doesn't include tests for herpes, but you might have been tested. Oral herpes is almost always caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1), but genital herpes usually is type 2 (HSV2). You'll need to ask your doctor to clarify exactly what tests you had. ...Read more

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Bumps on lip.Appear to be cold sores.Not std.Continually reoccurring they burn , swell no puss.Initially three bumps at a time now only one at a time?

Cold sores: These recurring bumps ( now only one) sound like cold sores. Herpes simplex 1 is very common and can recur. If you are having them very frequently you may want tosee your doctor ...Read more

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I have a bump in my pubic hair that looks kinda like a pimple. Is this some form of STD? I have hsv-1(cold sores) but never anything down there

I have a bump in my pubic hair that looks kinda like a pimple. Is this some form of STD? I have hsv-1(cold sores) but never anything down there

Likely folliculitis: With the development of pubic hair, you become susceptible to folliculitis -- i.e. inflammation or minor infection at the base of a hair. (You may be able to see a hair in the center of the pimple.) The only STD that could do this is genital herpes, but herpes doesn't involve hairs and is uncommon in the pubic area. You'll be at higher risk of folliculitis if you shave your pubic hair. ...Read more

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I am getting mouth ulcers/cold sores constantly for a few days at a time as well as a little genital irritation. What are the chances of an std?

I am getting mouth ulcers/cold sores constantly for a few days at a time as well as a little genital irritation. What are the chances of an std?

Canker Sores: are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The aphthous ulcers are usually self-limiting. Try to keep adequate oral hygiene as possible. If concerned see your doctor. ...Read more

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How come I have a cold sore and could it be an std?

Most often not STD: It is usually herpes simplex virus i but there is a chance it could be herpese simplex virus ii. ...Read more

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On New Years Eve, a stranger kissed me. After, he said he might have an STD, I now have a cold sore. What should I do? Is it free to get it tested?

Oral herpes?: A single cold sore usually is recurrence of longstanding oral herpes. If you acquired new oral herpes from kissing, probably you would have multiple sores, sore throat, etc. So my guess is you didn't catch this from the stranger's kiss. STDs are not transmitted by kissing (except oral herpes, which isn't considered an STD). See a doctor to confirm diagnosis, but testing may not be free. ...Read more

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Recently had a canker sore and kissed a new girl, and chance of STD besides cold sore?

Recently had a canker sore and kissed a new girl, and chance of STD besides cold sore?

No worries: You chances of an STD from a kiss are minimal to none. Canker sores are not viral, cold sores are and the difference between the two can be determined on exam. Cold sores, caused by a herpes virus, can lead to transmission of the virus but this is not considered an STD and is not the same as genital herpes. . ...Read more

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What would purple marks on the lips be? Like spots, almost like bruising/blood under skin but doesn't hurt. Could this be an std? Its not a cold sore.

Purple marks on lips: You have to see your doctor or a dermatologist to have a proper diagnosis. There are a number of different possibilities. The most likely is a vascular one such as a venous lake. However many lesions on the lips can reflect a systemic condition like osler-weber-rendu. ...Read more

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Im STD free but for hsv1 I had 2.82h igg. Doc says its an old infection from a cold sore. never had symptoms, paranoid though. Is it an old infection?

Old infection: IgG supports prior infection, not acute infection HSV 1 is mostly NOT genitial herpes and many persons are exposed and do not have symptoms. cold sores are indeed a common presentation and overall are not harmful. I would reassure you not to per "paranoid" although I understand the terminology is "scary" ...Read more

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Since I have a cold sore does that mean I have the sexually transmitted disease herpes?

Since I have a cold sore does that mean I have the sexually transmitted disease herpes?

Not necessarily: Cold sores are relatively common and can be acquired without sexual contact.Some kids have them from an early age.The strain of herpes differs to some extent, from that of genital disease.However, those who engage in oral sex with someone shedding the genital virus can acquire cold sores from that contact. ...Read more

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Do you know are lip cold sores considered herpes?

Cold sores: Cold sores are caused by a herpes simplex virus and considered contagious. See a dermatologist for treatment options if you suspect this condition. ...Read more

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How do cold sores accur?

Virus: Two kinds of these are common, and both caused by virus. Least worrisome, is the aphthous ulcer. Occurs on the soft tissues of the mouth -- inside lips, cheeks, under tongue. The worse one is herpes.The first time you get it, it can be anywhere in the mouth and outside the mouth. After that , in the mouth, it will only be on tight tissues -- roof of mouth, and right along gum line around teeth. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sexually Transmitted Infections (Definition)

Sexually transmitted infections are bacterial or viral infections that are transmitted through anal, vaginal, ...Read more