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If someone has herpes but is not having herpes outbreak. Is it unlikely to catch it off them at that time?

If someone has herpes but is not having herpes outbreak. Is it unlikely to catch it off them at that time?

Not necessarily: Asymptomatic persons can "shed" (=potentially transmit) hsv2, and close skin contact can be all that is required. See: http://stdtesting.Com/how-many-people-have-herpes --for more information and helpful links. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Had protected sex with a sex worker 23 days ago. Should I be worried about the possibility of catching hiv/aids? The condom didnt break or anything. Also what are the chances of acquiring herpes if she didn't have an outbreak at the time.

Had protected sex with a sex worker 23 days ago. Should I be worried about the possibility of catching hiv/aids? The condom didnt break or anything. Also what are the chances of acquiring herpes if she didn't have an outbreak at the time.

Herpes: Herpes can be transmitted even without an outbreak at the time of exposure. Wearing of a condom should protect you against genital herpes and other STD's that are transmitted via vaginal sex but,of course, not when you perform oral sex. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a man with sickle cell anemia catching herpes simplex type 2 from someone that is not having an outbreak?

What are the chances of a man with sickle cell anemia catching herpes simplex type 2 from someone that is not having an outbreak?

Not zero: Sickle cell anemia plays no role in this situation. The key point is that some individuals that have been infected with herpes simplex virus can have asymptomatic shedding of virus, even when not having an outbreak. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could give someone herpes without an outbreak?

Yes: Via viral shedding. You don't need to have active lesions for this to occur. ...Read more

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What is the likeliness of a male getting herpes after having unprotected sex with a female that has herpes without an outbreak?

HSV: You probably already have the virus in your body. Not everybody who is infected develops lesions, at least at first. It may come out later in life. This virus, once acquired stays with you the rest of your life. ...Read more

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Partner's penis didn't "look" right, clinic wouldn't test for herpes without an outbreak, places i can go for accurate results?

Partner's penis didn't "look" right, clinic wouldn't test for herpes without an outbreak, places i can go for accurate results?

Herpes Testing: Herpes testing is best done by a blood test. Any good std clinic, any primary care clinic can do this for their patients. This is not a test done at the emergency room or urgent care center, . ...Read more

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Is it possible to have herpes without ever experiencing an outbreak?

Is it possible to have herpes without ever experiencing an outbreak?

Yes: It is possible to have the virus and never experience and outbreak. The only way to know for sure is to have a blood test. I would recommend herpes select with reflex to type ii. It is estimated that 1 out of 3 people carry this virus. Many don't know and it can be passed without demonstrating lesions. ...Read more

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How common is herpes type 1? Can it be spread without having an outbreak?

How common is herpes type 1? Can it be spread without having an outbreak?

Herpes Simplex: 75% of Americans have Herpes Type One. It is spread through viral shedding at the point of infection. Having an outbreak does not correlate in any way with viral shedding. You can be contagious with or without an outbreak and on the other side you can also not be contagious at all during an outbreak. No correlation there. ...Read more