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A 19-year-old female asked:

Can i still have unpretected sex with herpes without infecting anyone else if theres no outbreaks?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Herpes: Absolutely not. You may not know but we can now say with 100% accuracy that 90% of people with genital herpes have no outbreaks. But all are still contagious. Having an outbreak or not having an outbreak is not in any way related to when you are contagious. Viral shedding occurs at unpredictable times and at unpredictable rates. You should always consider yourself contagious.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Provided original answer
Your physician can give you a medication to suppress some of your viral shedding and reduce the chance of you being contagious by about 50%. But, that is the limit that the current medications can offer.
Jun 30, 2014
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
No: You can shed the herpes virus and infect another person even when you are asymptomatic. your doctor can put you on a daily antiviral (acyclovir or valtrex) to decrease viral shedding.

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