A 36-year-old member asked:
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how contagious is your herpes after having it for over a year?

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Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Does not change: If you have active open lesions you are never less transmissible than the first time you have it. Men generally transmit this less frequently when asymptomatic than do women who may be vaginally shedding the virus even in the absence of active lesions.
Answered on May 1, 2012

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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
36 years experience Family Medicine
Not once rash gone: Herpes infectious in all its forms (cold sores, genital and shingles/zoster) is contagious as long as the rash is present, and the sores are healing. ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Myths: That is myth and no longer even part of a expert physician's practice. What is your specific concerns about your health?
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
You can still: spread the virus without outbreaks.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clarence Lyons
19 years experience Family Medicine
It could be: It could be. The virus can shed without a sore.

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