A 55-year-old female asked:
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I have had herpes for 15yrs. Since had it for si long does that also reduce viral shedding?

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Dr. Robert Bader
26 years experience in Dermatology
HSV : It is well known that persons can shed the hsv virus when there are no signs of infection. Therefore, there is no way of knowing when one is shedding the virus, which can be contagious to others.
Answered on Nov 2, 2015
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