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A 41-year-old member asked:

Could the herpes simplex virus be spread when there is not an outbreak?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Herpes: Yes. Unfortunately once you have herpes you are contagious for it whether or not you have a sore. Now, that said, the level of contagiousness can vary from time to time and from person to person. There is no good test to predict your level of viral shedding or contagiousness. If you are in relationship with someone who is not infected your doctor may put you on medications to lower this risk.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Could i spread the herpes simplex virus?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
If you have herpes: Simplex 1 and 2 - it is possible to spread it.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How can the herpes simplex virus spread?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: The transmission of herpes is not 100% with contact but increases with any breaks in skin or contact with mucosal membranes. One could potentially "auto-inoculate" or spread the herpes virus to different parts of their body this way if there is contact with contents of a herpes rash to the other body part(s).
A 32-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have herpes simplex virus ?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Testing: A herpes viral culture can determine if a rash is due to the herpes virus. A doctor can perform this if there is an active lesion. If there is no active lesion, a blood test can be performed to determine if there are antibodies against any recent or past herpes infection.

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