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A 23-year-old female asked:

Can you still have oral and vaginal sex if you have herpes and is not currently having an outbreak?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Still contagious: due to viral shedding (even without an outbreak).
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
Herpes: Even if no herpes lesions are present you are still shedding the herpes virus which means you are still contagious. The ony way to prevent asymptomatic shedding of the herpes virus is to take suppressive therapy of antiviral medication.

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