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Doctor insights on: When Is Herpes No Longer Contagious

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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

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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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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How long can the herpes virus survive on plastic and be contagious to another person?

How long can the herpes virus survive on plastic and be contagious to another person?

Herpes Survival: The american college of obstetricians and gynecologists states that the herpes simplex virus may be able to live on surfaces for up to a few hours outside of the body. Be sure to cover any areas of broken skin that may allow a virus to enter your body. ...Read more

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Is it true, the longer you have genital herpes the less contagious you are over time and on meds? And the most contagious one would be is when they have active legions?

Is it true, the longer you have genital herpes the less contagious you are over time and on meds? And the most contagious one would be is when they have active legions?

Genital herpes: As you're likely aware, people with genital HSV may be shedding infectious virus and not be aware of it. How often this happens varies. In general, yes, active lesions have lots of virus and are infectious; viral shedding may lessen over time and is less when on antiviral meds. However, this might differ for various reasons. Using condoms consistently & antiviral meds reduce HSV transmission risk. ...Read more

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How long is a herpes lesion on the hard palate of the mouth contagious?

How long is a herpes lesion on the hard palate of the mouth contagious?

2wk: As long as the lesion is present it may be actively sheding virus. It is usually self limiting but trauma can keep it going. Once the lesion has completely healed an no other lesions evident the host is relatively low risk for passing along the virus. ...Read more

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How long does herpes whitlow last? Had a blister on my finger for 3 weeks now. It doesn't hurt it feels funny. Could this not be whitlow? Contagious?

How long does herpes whitlow last? Had a blister on my finger for 3 weeks now. It doesn't hurt it feels funny. Could this not be whitlow? Contagious?

Herpes simplex: This is a little long for the duration of a herpetic whitlow, and these are more often than not quite painful and almost invariably tender. The finger is often red and swollen. Sound as if you should have this examined and diagnosed professionally. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long is herpes simplex I contagious if you're on valtrex (valacyclovir)?

How long is herpes simplex I contagious if you're on valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Crusted over: I would consider it contagious until it is dried up - usually a week ...Read more

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When is a cold sore no longer contagious? I know herpes is always there but when is a lesion "safe"? Is it after the scab has fallen off?

When is a cold sore no longer contagious? I know herpes is always there but when is a lesion "safe"? Is it after the scab has fallen off?

Never for sure: There is no way to tell for sure. Some people shed the virus all the time, even when they do not have a cold sore, while cold sores are most contagious when they are oozing fluid, the virus can be transmitted to others even during times when you have no blisters. ...Read more

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How contagious is genital herpes? Is there any treatment that will suppress genital herpes for a long period of time? I just want to know how contagious genital herpes is. Also I want to know if there are any treatments to suppress hsv2 for a long period

How contagious is genital herpes? Is there any treatment that will suppress genital herpes for a long period of time? I just want to know how contagious genital herpes is. Also I want to know if there are any treatments to suppress hsv2 for a long period

Hello.: Hello. If you have active disease it is very contagious. If you have sores you should not have sex. Even if a condom is used it might not adequately prevent contact with all of the lesions. Remember that herpes can be spread even when there aren't active lesions. Regarding suppression, some people with frequent outbreaks receive daily medication (i.e., acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir). ...Read more

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For how long is a herpetic lesion on the hard palate of the mouth contagious?

Until it's gone: Herpetic lesions are contagious as long as you can see any sign of the actual sore. There is no specific time frame, though commonly they resolve in about 10-14 days. Be very careful until completely resolved. ...Read more

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How contagious is herpes?

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?

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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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

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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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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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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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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

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Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?

Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?

Zoster no, c'pox yes: People with their first infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV) (mostly kids w/ chickenpox) are infectious by respiratory secretions -- e.g. coughing on someone who previously never had chickenpox and wasn't vaccinated against VZV. However, herpes zoster (shingles) dosn't have virus in the respiratory tract and is rarely transmissible except by direct contact with the skin rash. ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

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