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if a woman has herpes, how long after sex would they appear?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
If she has herpes...: If a man or a woman already has herpes, he or she may get an outbreak at anytime, before, during, or after sex. These recurrence lesions develop over a day or so, which means he or she would not say the lesions occurred DURING sex, unless the sex lasted all day long. Herpes lesions coming from a brand new genital infection, may happen from 2 days after sex to about 10 days after sex.

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A 18-year-old female asked:

I was confirmed herpes positive a few months ago and I currently started seeing someone. I want to learn ways to be safe when it comes to sex so I dont infect my partner. Also I am a lesbian female if that matters ?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Herpes Simplex: Some people with genital herpes simplex take medications like acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), or valacyclovir (Valtrex) to diminish outbreaks. Use of dental dam/ condom helps prevent spread. Avoid sexual activity when there is a herpes outbreak. Tell your partner.

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Last updated May 18, 2016

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