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can I have herpes and never have an outbreak

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Diabo
21 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: It is possible to be exposed to the herpes virus, and contract it, but never have an outbreak.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
If you carry the: Herpes simplex virus then it can shed virus even when you don't have an outbreak. Having herpes simplex infection does not mean a woman can't have a b ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Shingles?: It can, but this always raises the possibility of shingles (herpes zoster), which causes a painful linear band of blisters on one side of the body. S ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Viral shedding may occur without an outbreak.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Herpes simplex: Herpes simplex may cause no symptoms in some people. In others, a few weeks after being exposed to Herpes a person may develop fever, muscle aches &a ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laurence Badgley
52 years experience General Practice
Unlikely: But never say never. Research has shown that carriers can shed virus even though they are asymptomatic (without sores). If you want to have certaint ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dale Kristle
39 years experience Gynecology
Yes: asymptomatic shedding of the herpes virus does occur
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
Can't be promised...: Although there are good medications to suppress the virus and reduce outbreaks, none can guarantee that you will never have another outbreak. Unfortun ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Same as if one or both have it.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerome Litt
70 years experience Dermatology
HERPES BREAKOUT: HERPES BREAKOUTS CAN OFTEN BE PAINFUL. DO SEE A DERMATOLOGIST. BEST LUCK.

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