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Doctor insights on: How Contagious Is Your Herpes After Having It For Over A Year

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How contagious is your herpes after having it for over a year?

How contagious is your herpes after having it for over a year?

Does not change: If you have active open lesions you are never less transmissible than the first time you have it. Men generally transmit this less frequently when asymptomatic than do women who may be vaginally shedding the virus even in the absence of active lesions. ...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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I was just diagnosed with genital herpes, after the out break is gone am I contagious. I am a 52 year old male?

I was just diagnosed with genital herpes, after the out break is gone am I contagious. I am a 52 year old male?

Not once rash gone: Herpes infectious in all its forms (cold sores, genital and shingles/zoster) is contagious as long as the rash is present, and the sores are healing. Once gone, the virus "goes to sleep" in the body, usually along a nerve and can reawaken due to various things like stress. While rare, some people can transmit the virus through bodily fluids without lesions, so nothing is quite 100%.Use condom! ...Read more

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Why are people with genital herpes considered more contagious their first year of infection?

Why are people with genital herpes considered more contagious their first year of infection?

Myths: That is myth and no longer even part of a expert physician's practice. What is your specific concerns about your health? ...Read more

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I have a small herpis outbreak on my penis about once a year that lasts about 7 days. Am I contagious all throughout the year?

I have a small herpis outbreak on my penis about once a year that lasts about 7 days. Am I contagious all throughout the year?

No: Herpes is a virus that causes outbreaks in the skin. You are generally infectious when you start feeling a sensation on your penis even when no visible lesions are present (prodromal stage). You are also contagious during the outbreak as there is typically a large amount of viral shedding at this point. Once the lesions dry and are resolved, you are not contagious. ...Read more

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How contagious is herpes?

Very: Herpes virus can be shed even when person is asymptomatic, and can occur with very close contact. See: http://stdtesting. Com/how-many-people-have-herpes --for more information and helpful links. ...Read more

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How is herpes contagious?

How is herpes contagious?

Herpes: Herpes is caught skin to skin. One does not gave to have a herpes sore to be contagious. There is viral shedding at the site infection occurred. ...Read more

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Is it true that herpes contagious?

Is it true that herpes contagious?

Yes: Genital herpes can easily spread between partners avoiding genital/genital or oral/genital contact with an infected partner is key. Because it is so common, it is a good bet that your partner has it, as well. If, after testing, you both have genital herpes, it is less of a concern. Valtrex (valacyclovir) has been shown to reduce transmission between partners and to a newborn. ...Read more

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Need to know is type two herpes contagious?

Need to know is type two herpes contagious?

Yes: Hsv-2 or herpes simplex virus 2 is contagious. The means of transmission are generally from direct contact and passage through compromised skin or mucous membranes such as during intercourse. ...Read more

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If I have herpes will I always be contagious?

If I have herpes will I always be contagious?

Theoretically: Herpes virus is shed primarily when lesions are active, but unfortunately it is possible to transmit the virus even when there is no obvious lesions present. ...Read more

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Can herpes be living and contagious and dry surfaces?

Herpes: Nope. It is transmitted skin to skin or saliva to skin in most cases. It is not transmitted from inanimate objects. ...Read more

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Is there anything such as herpes 2nd dimension? If there is. Is it contagious? What are the symptoms? Is there a cure to this?

Is there anything such as herpes 2nd dimension? If there is. Is it contagious? What are the symptoms? Is there a cure to this?

No: There is herpes simplex types 1 and 2. Type 2 typically causes genital infection with painful blisters and can transmit to others by intercourse. All the herpesviruses develop latency in the body and can recur. ...Read more

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About how long before seeing herpes lesions do you start being contagious? Like if you wake up with it how long had you been contagious leading up it?

About how long before seeing herpes lesions do you start being contagious? Like if you wake up with it how long had you been contagious leading up it?

NO easy answer: You are the most contagious when you have active, open lesions. However, carriers can be asymptomatic shedders, meaning you could pass it on without having any lesions. Talk with your doctor about ways to prevent transmission. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there is a type of herpes that's not contagious?

Please tell me if there is a type of herpes that's not contagious?

Yes: There are several human herpes viruses. All cause initial infection, then lie dormant and may recur later. When dormant, some are not contagious, like varicella zoster virus (causes chickenpox and shingles) or Epstein Barr virus (mononucleosis). Herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2, which cause oral and genital herpes, often are contagious even when dormant, but only by close or intimate contact. ...Read more

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Help! Need to know if there's a type of herpes that's not contagious?

Help! Need to know if there's a type of herpes that's not contagious?

In general: Once someone is diagnosed with herpes, they should always consider themselves able to transmit the herpes virus. ...Read more

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Is herpes as contagious in the scab stage as any other stage?

Herpes: It is still contagious although when there are vesicles with fluid in them it is more contagious. ...Read more

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Is your herpes less contagious because your virus sheds less, the longer you have had it. Is this true?

Is your herpes less contagious because your virus sheds less, the longer you have had it. Is this true?

NO!!: If you have open active lesions you are highly infective by direct contact with individuals who have never previously encountered the virus. ...Read more

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Is herpes encephalitis a contagious diseases?

Is herpes encephalitis a contagious diseases?

Depends on situation: The transmission of the herpes simplex virus is possible from active skin or mucous membrane sores if present. If none are present, the child is not considered contagious. A close examination of all skin surfaces should be done frequently in the early treatment phase as these can be elusive. Good hand washing & contact isolation will limit any spread from active lesions. ...Read more

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Are canker sores contagious or a form of herpes?

Are canker sores contagious or a form of herpes?

No and no: Canker sores are an auto-immune inflammatory reaction to some types of trauma: physical, emotional, pharmaceutical and/or illness. They are self-limiting, need no medication and not contagious. In cases where the size, number or duration of the canker sores are not tolerable, you can take anti-inflammatory meds (nsaids) or ask your dentist for a chemical cautery or laser treatment for comfort. ...Read more

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Is herpes meningitis contagious?

Is herpes meningitis contagious?

Yes: Patients with herpes meningitis should be under contact precautions, as it can be spread like the flu. ...Read more

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Sacral herpes - just as contagious?

Sacral herpes - just as contagious?

YES: If the person takes 1 valacyclovir or acyclovir a day she will be less cantagious but not complete protection. This med can also be used at onset of any attack to make it less severe. Herpes virus will be present on the skin sometimes when there are no symptoms. ...Read more

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Herpes contagious during an outbreak on woman, what to do?

Herpes contagious during an outbreak on woman, what to do?

Yes it is.: You might want to use an antiviral medication - see your physician for this. ...Read more

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Does herpes type1 IgG possitive contagious with out outbreaks?

Does herpes type1 IgG possitive contagious with out outbreaks?

Some viral shedding: Although the chance of transmission is highest during an active outbreak, there is still a very small chance of transmitting/spreading the infection without outbreak as some viral shedding occurs all the time. If you have frequent outbreak, consult your doc for suppressive treatment as there are quite a few options available these days. Good luck. ...Read more

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Friend argues that because she never gave it to anyone else before, she's not contagious. But isn't herpes contagious no matter what?

Friend argues that because she never gave it to anyone else before, she's not contagious. But isn't herpes contagious no matter what?

Herpes simplex: You may communicate the virus to others without the presence of an open lesion, and the person receiving the virus may never show a lesion. But once you have this virus it is like an eternal squatter. It never goes away. ...Read more

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A friend of mine was bitten and now is on antivirals in case simian herpes b. What can we do or look for for her and is it contagious between humans?

A friend of mine was bitten and now is on antivirals in case simian herpes b. What can we do or look for for her and is it contagious between humans?

Symptoms start: And as soon as 7 days with flu like symptoms of fatigue, muscle aches and general feelings of being ill. There may be blisters that form near the site of the bite, but not always. Unfortunately, the B virus can affect the spinal cord or brain, and then there could be change in sensation, balance problems and paralysis. Human transmission is rare. Prophylactic meds decrease risk of nerve damage. ...Read more

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During the crusting stage of herpes, its very contagious. But what if the person is taking medication? Still as contagious as it would be if they weren't

During the crusting stage of herpes, its very contagious. But what if the person is taking medication? Still as contagious as it would be if they weren't

Herpes: It sure sounds like you are operating on old information about herpes. If one has herpes they are always contagious, whether they have a sore or not. The rate of viral shedding, however, is unpredictable and untestable. If you have any viral shedding now your contagiousness will be about 50% reduced if you are on medications. ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more