A 52-year-old male asked:
i was just diagnosed with genital herpes, after the out break is gone am i contagious. i am a 52 year old male?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Reid Blackwelder answered
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. Once gone, the virus "goes to sleep" in the body, usually along a nerve and can reawaken due to various things like stress. While rare, some people can transmit the virus through bodily fluids without lesions, so nothing is quite 100%.Use condom!
Answered on Jul 15, 2012
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