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.
Not really. I guess they can be transmitted that way.
Not really. Cold sores on or near the lips are usually caused by herpes type 1 virus. Most people get them not through sex, so they are not considered an std. However, they can be transmitted through sexual activity. Genital herpes is usually caused by herpes type 2 and is considered an std. Through various sexual activities, one can get oral herpes 1 sores on the genitals, and genital herpes 2 on the lips!

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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?

Cold sores. Cold sores are caused by herpes virus. In the past herpes herpes 1 and herpes 2 were above the waist and below the waist. That is no longer true. It can be passed as an STI, but it is not the only way to pass it. You can get herpes titers to determine if that is what it is. Read more...
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...

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

Groin growth. . Well this could be many things. It would be best to have this evaluated to reliably establish what it is and to obtain appropriate treatment. Refrain from having sex to ensure you don't spread it to someone else if by chance it is an STD. Whatever it is treatment is a very strong likelihood. . Read more...
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...

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?

Needs testing. Sound like herpes simplex . You need furhtur testing to confirm that, contact your doctor for the proper treatment. Read more...
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...