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can you only catch herpes during an outbreak

A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Baumann
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bloodtest: A blood test would show if you have been exposed to the herpes virus types 1 and/or 2 in the past. Once you have been exposed, the virus sits in your ... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience in General Surgery
No it is not normal: It could be urethritis or bladder infection, so get medical attention immediately.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
No: Genital herpes can shed even when there isn't an outbreak.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes it is.: You might want to use an antiviral medication - see your physician for this.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience in Family Medicine
No: There is no risk for herpes to spread through bathwater.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Simaie
24 years experience in Dentistry
Yes: Yes, it may transfer.
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Dr. Bryan Treacy
34 years experience in Gynecology
Possible: Not every person with herpes has outbreaks or knows when an outbreak is about to occur during which herpes virus may be shed and spread to a partner.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
No: No, there's only a risk to people who aren't already infected.
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
14 years experience in Pediatric Infectious Disease
Possibly: You can absolutely have both types of herpes simultaneously and both could be genital, both oral, one oral and one genital, etc. It also can occur tha ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
46 years experience in Dermatology
Herpes simplex: Herpes simplex is a virus that you catch from someone who is infected with it. Most transmission occurs when persons shed virus but lack lesions. Usu ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Davis
35 years experience in Dentistry
Herpes: Yes, but a few days before and after rotection and caution is needed.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Possibke: You are likely to contract herpes only by having intimate contact with the site that is shedding virus. If kissing means oral sex, then yes you are a ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allison Greco
8 years experience in General Practice
YES!: Genital herpes can be spread at anytime, since not all individuals know when an outbreak will happen. Antiviral therapy and barrier contraceptive meth ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerome Litt
70 years experience in Dermatology
GENITAL HERPES: Yes. You can spread genital herpes if you don't have an outbreak. The viruses can still be aroud even if you do not see them.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Luntz
28 years experience in Urology
Herpes: Yes. It is possible to have an outbreak of herpes during delivery even if you are on suppression therapy. Under these circumstances, a cesarean sect ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Malina Milan
29 years experience in Internal Medicine
Herpes: If use a condom properly then you should be protected. Take care!
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Tsiouris
22 years experience in Infectious Disease
Yes: A person with a cold sore due to herpes simplex virus is shedding a significant amount of virus from the lesion and can infect another person's mucous ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
14 years experience in Internal Medicine
No: You can actually "catch" herpes even when a person doesn't have a lesion or outbreak. Some people carrying the herpes virus shed virus which can infe ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Possibly: Asymptomatic shedding of the herpes virus does occur, so yes it is possible.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Hyde
40 years experience in Dentistry
Yes: While is much more common to occur with symptomatic lesions, it can occur with no visible symptoms or lesions as well. However it is much less likel ... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience in Family Medicine
YES: Most waxing professionals use gloves and there should not be any issue if you are not having a breakout.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Herpes: Yes. Absolutely. But, remember 75% of Americans have Herpes Simplex and cannot get the infection more than once.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Herpes: No. One cannot get infected a second time.
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