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What's the difference between expose to herpes and infected with herpes?

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Dr. Bob Ourian
Dermatology

In brief: Exposure / infection

Exposed means you came in contact with someone who had herpes.
An exposure doesn't always lead to an infection. Infection is when the virus has attacked your body and you have signs/symptoms of infection (such as a cold sore or genital herpes).

In brief: Exposure / infection

Exposed means you came in contact with someone who had herpes.
An exposure doesn't always lead to an infection. Infection is when the virus has attacked your body and you have signs/symptoms of infection (such as a cold sore or genital herpes).
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