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First I want to say that I have had outbreaks of canker sores since I hit puberty, around 11 years old. Every 6 months since I was 17 years old I get tested for HIV and have always been negative...


With that said, TONIGHT, in searching the net for any holistic healing methods for canker sores that I haven't yet tried ( ) I came across a website that says that frequent or multiple outbreaks of canker sores is often a patient's first indication that they are HIV positive. OMG WTF I'm freaking out!!!

Should I make an appointment to get tested AGAIN (my last one was only about 3 months ago) -- ??! or am I just being a total hypochondriac -- ??????


Somebody tell me something that will make me less scared please.
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If all your tests have been negative and you haven't changed your risk factors (parners, drug use etc) then don't worry. I've heard that vitamin C can help. some people are just more prone to canke sores.
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canker sores does not =HIV/AIDS.
it is a symptom (immune response) but it doesn't mean you have HIV/AIDS.

I used to have them alot. for some reason I don't get them anymore though. wierd.

my old chiro recommended Lysine to me. You may want to check into that.

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Having language problems! Are canker sores the ones inside your mouth (mouth ulcers in english english) or on your lip (cold sores in ee).

Mouth ulcers are I believe related to low vit C levels, and I certainly seem to get them when my diet has been bad.

Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex b virus, and tend to come out when you´re run down.´

I wouldn´t worry about HIV, especially if you´re having tests every 6 months (BTW that seems excessive, do you have an occupational hazard, having too much fun or just worrying too much?).
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I've got canker sores ever since I was about 3 or 4. I just got rid of them late last year. I stopped consuming dairy and voila, they disappeared. I had ice cream a few weeks ago and low and behold, a canker sore popped up the next day.

But no, a canker sore does not mean you have AIDS.
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I'd also second the Lysine. I would totally not worry about AIDS, especially because you have been tested already.

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Yea, I would stop worrying about the HIV/canker sore thing. I'd also look into possibly lysine. Also, if your diet is too sugary and/or acidic, it can make outbreaks of canker sores (and cold sores for that matter) more frequent. Finally, you also might want to look at your toothpaste ... many are very irritating to the mouth and will cause canker sores rather easily. A simple switch there might make them all but disappear. HTH

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If you have been tested neg, I wouldn't worry a bit. Total hypochondria!!!
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Any stress to your immune system can cause an outbreak. That's why they are called "cold sores"--it's common to have an outbreak as you're coming down with a cold or other bug, as your immune system is taxed fighting off the invading germs. So similarly physical or emotional stress, sleep deprivation, and anything else that takes a toll on your body can bring it on. HIV is definitely one of those, but definitely not the most likely if you have regularly tested negative!
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I wouldn´t worry about HIV, especially if you´re having tests every 6 months (BTW that seems excessive, do you have an occupational hazard, having too much fun or just worrying too much?).
Every 6 months is recommended for people who are sexually active and not monogamous (or not certain that their partner/s are monogamous.)
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Any stress to your immune system can cause an outbreak. That's why they are called "cold sores"--it's common to have an outbreak as you're coming down with a cold or other bug, as your immune system is taxed fighting off the invading germs. So similarly physical or emotional stress, sleep deprivation, and anything else that takes a toll on your body can bring it on. HIV is definitely one of those, but definitely not the most likely if you have regularly tested negative!
I have had lots of canker sores since I was kid, but never once a cold sore (on the lips). why is that?

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By canker I assume you mean on your gums? I'm not an expert but my understanding of it is that some people just tend to get them more in some places than in others. When I am under lots of stress without fail I get one in the same three places every time. My brother gets them in his nostrils. Herpes viruses are wild, dude.
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I've never had one on my gums, that I remember, just the insides of my cheeks and lips and tongue. And I've been tested for Herpes more times than I can count and have always been negative.... it was my understanding that herpes causes cold sores anyway, not canker sores - ??
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There are many herpes viruses. The one you're going to get tested for in STD screening isn't usually the one that causes mouth sores. Chicken pox, shingles, mono, and a host of other common diseases are also in the herpes family. What they share in common is they are all viruses that once in your system stay dormant in the cells around your spinal cord and can become active again at any time.
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I really wouldn't worry. I have had canker sores for as long as I can remember... and mostly I get them when I bite my lip (which is actually why I *HATE* biting my lip - its a pretty much garunteed fact that I'm going to be getting at LEAST one canker sore )... so yeah.
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