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can you tell me is herpes simplex 1 contagious without an outbreak?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: The risk of contagiousness is highest during an outbreak, however there may be viral shedding without an outbreak. This makes it possible to spread herpes without an outbreak. Always use protection!
Dr. Christina Adberg
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Using regular (daily dose) antiviral medication (like Valtrex) can suppress the viral shedding and reduce (but not eliminate) contagiousness. Condoms do help too. Nothing is perfect though.
Mar 24, 2014
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Provided original answer
Great information Dr Adberg!
Mar 24, 2014

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