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Concern over HIV transmission due to cold sores on the lips - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   'I was on vacation with a girl friend of mine who sleeps around. After a few drinks she kept kissing me on the lips. I have a cold sore on my lip that was scabbed over but the scab fell off that night and am worried she has an STD/HIV or something that I could get. Please advise.'.
Doctor :   Hello.
User :   yes
Doctor :   Was there any fresh bleed under the scab?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Was she any bleeding gums or open wound?
User :   I didnt see any, but cannot say 100%. Nothing on her face.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   When did this incident happen?
User :   Friday night
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   If there is exchange of blood while kissing, then there could
Doctor :   be possible chance of hiv transmission.
User :   What can I do?
Doctor :   Right now , try to be calm.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Is it possible for you to get a HIV test on your girl friend?
User :   Not right away
Doctor :   As soon as possible.
User :   Should I see a doctor right now just in case?
Doctor :   There is no point .
User :   why?
Doctor :   The HIV tests for antibody will be detectable after 3 months.
User :   Ok If there was no blood in her mouth what are the chances something could happen?
Doctor :   Less than 1% chance.
User :   and if there was blood?
Doctor :   little more than 1%
User :   even if it was not direct blood but mixed with saliva
Doctor :   Yes.
User :   so you are saying it is not very likely that I have transmitted HIV from her because I did not see any open sores and she was not openly bleeding
Doctor :   Yes.
User :   Thanks for your help
Doctor :   Is there any thing else?
User :   no that is all thanks
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