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Can you tell me is herpes simplex 1 contagious without an outbreak?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The risk of contagiousness is highest during an outbreak, however there may be viral shedding without an outbreak.
This makes it possible to spread herpes without an outbreak. Always use protection!

In brief: Yes

The risk of contagiousness is highest during an outbreak, however there may be viral shedding without an outbreak.
This makes it possible to spread herpes without an outbreak. Always use protection!
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
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Dr. Christina Adberg
Using regular (daily dose) antiviral medication (like Valtrex) can suppress the viral shedding and reduce (but not eliminate) contagiousness. Condoms do help too. Nothing is perfect though.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Great information Dr Adberg!
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