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Is oraquick administered by a nurse reliable at 4 months? Can kissing someone with healing cold sore transmit hiv?

Is oraquick administered by a nurse reliable at 4 months? Can kissing someone with healing cold sore transmit hiv?

No Risk of HIV: You are not HIV positive. You have no identifiable risk factors for HIV infection. Your test is not only valid, it was unnecessary. There are no cases of HIV transmission from kissing in the whole world and that includes kissing someone who has herpes. ...Read more

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


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I kissed my bf and gave oral sex briefly 5 days after my cold sore healed. I woke up the next day with prodrome and now have a new sore. What are the %risk to transmit to oral and/or genital hsv1?

I kissed my bf and gave oral sex briefly 5 days after my cold sore healed. I woke up the next day with prodrome and now have a new sore. What are the %risk to transmit to oral and/or genital hsv1?

Depends: If you have herpes type 1, your boyfriend is probably already infected as most adults are. If you want to know there is a blood test. Most infected people have no symptoms. Those who have symptoms are contagious between attacks but more contagious at the onset of an attack. Pills are used to control symptoms and reduce transmission of the virus. You need a prescription. ...Read more

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Bf did oral sex on me after kissing. Hour later I had a cold sore (red burning)on lip 4 1st time. Is it possible I transmit it to him, him to my genitals?

Bf did oral sex on me after kissing. Hour later I had a cold sore (red burning)on lip 4 1st time. Is it possible I transmit it to him, him to my genitals?

HSV 1: Oral cold sores are typically caused by a virus called HSV 1. Genital cold sores by HSV 2. Oral sex can lead to the transmission of these viruses from one person to the other. ...Read more

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How you get a cold sore--from kissing?

How you get a cold sore--from kissing?

One possibility: If the cold sore is from the herpetic virus it is contagious. I would not kiss anyone with a cold sore. If you get cold sores, see your dentist or doctor for a diagnosis and advice first. ...Read more

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What time can I kiss after a cold sore?

What time can I kiss after a cold sore?

Herpes: Even physiciens have not learned the troubling new information we now know about herpes. Once one is infected they can be contagious at unpredictable times and at unpredictable rates, even when they do not have sores.

This phenomenon is called viral shedding.

Most couples share the same virus and do not need to worry about this. But, if not then there is treatment to turn down the risks. ...Read more

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Can you kiss someone when your cold sore has gone away?

Probably safe but...: Oral herpes (cold sores) due to HSV1 is transmissible primarily during outbreaks, but often there is asymptomatic viral shedding, i.e. virus present without an outbreak. Mostly it won't be transmitted by kissing or oral sex if no outbreak, but sometimes it happens. Without a sore, main risk is from sexual (French, open mouth) kissing or oral sex, very rarely by a social kiss with friends etc. ...Read more

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I need to know if my cold sore is healed & if I can kiss?

I need to know if my cold sore is healed & if I can kiss?

Kiss away: Oral herpes is not a serous issue for an otherwise healthy person. You can spread the virus even when there are no sores.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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How long would it until it is safe to kiss after a cold sore?

How long would it until it is safe to kiss after a cold sore?

See below: Herpes simplex virus 1transmission can occur with no visible lesions due to subclinical or asymptomatic shedding of the virus. In fact transmission occurs more commonly during asymptomatic shedding. Therefore if your partner gets cold sores, unfortunately there is no time when there is no risk of transmission. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I could kiss my girlfriend with a cold sore?

Can you tell me if I could kiss my girlfriend with a cold sore?

Cold sores: Don't know if she is the one with the cold sore or if you are. Cold sores are contagious. So, kissing might not be the best idea. ...Read more

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Did I get a cold sore from kissing someone or from my mouthguard?

Did I get a cold sore from kissing someone or from my mouthguard?

Possibly: From kissing someone if they had a cold sore. If you have cold sore blisters it is best not to share eating utensils, chap sticks or lips sticks or kiss in order to prevent spreading the infection to someone else. ...Read more

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What to do if I have never kissed anyone, but is this a cold-sore?

You can get one: From contact other than kissing. I don't know if you have a cold sore. A cold sore is a lesion w blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril ; sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain ; itching. It is teaming w herpes simplex virus. These are most often associated w herpes simplex virus1. The lesions are often found on lips, skin around mouth, nose, chin, mouth, cheeks, ; even eye. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if you kiss someone with a cold sore?

Potential to spread: If you have cold sore blisters it is best not to share eating utensils, chap sticks or lips sticks or kiss in order to prevent spreading the infection to someone else. ...Read more

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What happens if you kiss someone with a cold sore that's not on their rmouth?

If you come in: Contact with the cold sore - there is risk of transmission. Infection can be transmitted even when a cold sore is not visible. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are other ways to get a cold sore besides kissing a person with it?

Could you tell me what are other ways to get a cold sore besides kissing a person with it?

Prevention: If you have cold sore blisters it is best not to share eating utensils, chap sticks or lips sticks or kiss in order to prevent spreading the infection to someone else. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why can't you kiss someone with a cold sore? What is the best way to cure it?

I'm wondering why can't you kiss someone with a cold sore? What is the best way to cure it?

Well, it is possible: To become infected w the herpes simplex virus (if not previously infected w it) if you kiss someone with an active cold sore. There isn't really a 'cure'. Prevention is best. To prevent cold sores from occurring wash hands often. Maintain a healthful lifestyle (regular exercise, nutritious diet, adequate sleep, keeping stress at bay). Contact avoidance is key. ...Read more

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I haven't kissed anyone and I don't really share drinks so how could I have gotten this cold sore?

Herpes simplex: You may have been infected with this virus earlier in life and you are now seeing a recurrence. Once infected the virus never leaves your body. ...Read more

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My girlfriends cold sore went away. How many more days should I give before kissing her to be safe?

Herpes simplex: Although cannot be sure, the high probability is that you already have been infected with Herpes. Once you have this virus you may continue to shed it without symptoms or overt lesions. Some people never become overtly symptomatic. Go and kiss your GF. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How do you know a cold sore officially goes away? When can you kiss and preform oral? How much time is safe?

When it's gone: Viral shedding occurs during the prodrome period (when there is tingling and pain but no lesion), and while there are active vesicles and crusts. Once all of that is gone, and you cannot see anything abnormal about your lip, you should not be contagious. ...Read more

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What are the odds of me getting a cold sore from kissing?

Not much: Most adults are already positive for herpes type 1 (usually associated with lip cold sores). The positive rate is over 50% here in the us. Remember also that most people never show symptoms. If you have never had an outbreak I would probably avoid kissing until the sore is healed in your partner. No need to take a chance if you might be negative. ...Read more