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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?
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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine
In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
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