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A 28-year-old female asked:

How likely is it to contract genital herpes but not have any symptoms for years later? or do most people develop symptoms soon after?

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Dr. Bradley Frazee
Emergency Medicine 31 years experience
Symptoms are common: Initially, when you are infected for the first time with genital herpes, you usually develop a symptomatic herpes outbreak. Thereafter the disease can be largely asymptomatic, with sores occurring irregularly, infrequently or not at all.

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A 28-year-old female asked:

How likely is it to contract genital herpes and never have symptoms or outbreaks for years after?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
That is how it works: 90% of people how have genital herpes never have outbreaks or sores. These people do shed virus, however, and are still contagious. The only way to diagnose herpes now accurately is through blood tests.
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A 28-year-old female asked:

If you contract genital herpes, what are the chances of not having symptoms for years later? Or do most people have symptoms soon after?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Dustin Colegrove
Internal Medicine 12 years experience
Some have: symptoms soon after while others can have it without realizing it

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Last updated Aug 26, 2014

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