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Herpes can be contagious whether or not a person with it is having an outbreak

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"Is it possible to get herpes if the person you're having sex with isn't having an outbreak?"

- Anonymous


This is a really important question. Both types of herpes, oral and genital, are viruses that can be spread sexually. Oral herpes normally manifests itself as cold sores on or around the mouth. It is often not considered an STD unless it has been transmitted sexually. There are many non-sexual ways to contract oral herpes. Genital herpes consists of open sores on or around the genitals and it is spread via skin-to-skin contact.

Whether or not somebody has any visible sores, either by their mouth or by their genitals, it is possible for them to have herpes. Often, just before an outbreak, the virus is present just underneath the skin and it is trying to burst through. People with herpes will often feel tingling sensations during this period of time. They are also quite contagious.

If you have practiced any form of unsafe sex, even if the person you were with did not appear to show any symptoms, it is critically important to get yourself tested for STDs. It is also important for you to practice safe sex in the future.

We hope this clears things up for you. If you do test positive for herpes or any other STD, you will be able to discuss treatment options with your healthcare provider as soon as your results come in.

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