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Whats the difference between exposure and an active infection to genital herpes? does a positive blood test with no symptoms mean you still transmit?

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Dr. Stanley Lightfoot
Pathology 58 years experience
See below: Not every one that is exposed gets the disease in fact the transmission rate is less than 50% if you do have it however you can transmit the disease.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
You can transmit herpes even if you have no symptoms. Was the blood test igG or igM? Why done? The blood tests are very useful but sometimes show false positives. If this is an important issue you will need to find a DR, probably a derm or STD specialist, who is well-versed in this subject. Most Drs have only superficial knowledge and little experience about this. Watch out for scams and misinfor
Feb 25, 2016

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