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Buffalo, New York
A 32-year-old female asked:

Can i spread herpes haven't had a outbreak in 16years?

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 53 years experience
Unlikely: But never say never. Research has shown that carriers can shed virus even though they are asymptomatic (without sores). If you want to have certainty you should visit an infectious disease expert. There are likely some tests that you can have to determine odds in this matter. Infection of another can have sizable legal fee side effects.
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Yes: Even women without active lesions may be shedding virus in their vaginal secretions. You will have this for your lifetime. Discuss this with any unprotected partners and they can assess the risks.

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Can herpes be spread even if you're not having an outbreak?

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Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology 35 years experience
Possible: Not every person with herpes has outbreaks or knows when an outbreak is about to occur during which herpes virus may be shed and spread to a partner.

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