Is genital herpes a contagious disease?

Only by sex. This depends on what you mean by "contagious". Genital herpes is ttransmitted to other persons)only by having sex. Some people think "contagious" means easily transmitted by casual contact, like colds or influenza -- but that's not the correct meaning. There is no risk to other persons by nonsexual contact or by sharing bathrooms, intimate clothing, etc.
Yes, due to a virus. The way to avoid genital herpes is to avoid the virus. On an individual basis, that means no sexual contact with "sores" or possible "sores". Extra safety means using condoms even if one partner is "ok today" but has sores off and on. One with frequent sores can ask a doctor for antiviral preventive medicine. On a community-wide basis, fewer partners per person drops the number of infected people.

Related Questions

What does having GENITAL HERPES NOS mean? Not otherwise specified? Can you explain what that means? Are they contagious?

Herpes. Nos is just a term we use that means non specific or not otherwise specified. You could describe the disease more and then it would be more specific. For example, herpes labialis ( herpes lesion lip) or herpes whitlow( herpes lesion on the finger) etc. it doesn't mean any mor than that. Ask the doctor to explain better. . Read more...
Out of Context. Are you reading a lab report or a Doctor's medical billing records. Your question is very unclear. It appears your doctor believes you have herpes. If that is so there must be much more to this story about how they got to that conclusion and what took you to the doctor in the first place. Read more...

A doctor in a article in Cosmo magazine said if you're taking meds for genital herpes you can't spread it. I thought you were still contagious.?

You are correct. Risk lowered by 50% if taking therapy. But risk is not zero. Virus shed intermittently even when no infection is obvious. Should be sure that you actually have herpes and whether it is type 1 or 2 - see your doc for this. Partners should know about your infection status and consider checking their own status. http://www.ashastd.org. Read more...

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...

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...
Correct. Active lesions increase your risk of transmission. As we get older it's less likely to have higher transmission rates and the longer one has HSV the less active the infection is. Read more...
Mostly true. For genital HSV2, outbreaks and viral shedding (virus in the genital area without symptoms) become less frequent, with lower transmission risk, but it takes a few years. Contagiousness is highest with active outbreaks, but often occurs without symptoms. Continuous antiviraln's not eliminate transmissionk. You must tell all partners you have GH and also use condoms to prevent transmission. Read more...

Can acyclovir treat vestibular neuritis caused by a virus other than herpes? Is this form of herpes as bad as genital herpes? Is it contagious?

NO. This is a term for what is thought to be a viral induced infection of the balance mechanism of the inner ear. It is not a specific virus is most cases. It is not treated with acyclovir. See your doctor is this problem is occurring or persistent. Read more...

What could happen if I take medicine for genital herpes and I don't have the disease?

Not much. If a patient takes a medication for genital herpes without actually having genital herpes, then that patient in general would be susceptible to the side effects of that medication, much like any other individual would. In no way does taking the medication increase your risk of getting herpes. Read more...