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Hate to break it to you, but you probably have herpes.
Many people infected with the virus never experience an outbreak, says Mary Rosser, MD, Ph D, director of obstetrics and gynecology at Montefiore Medical Center. The guidelines from the CDC don’t recommend testing for the virus, so it’s typically not included with the routine “STD panel.” This is because a blood test for herpes only tells you whether you’ve been exposed to the virus, explains Dr. And a positive result only "raises a whole host of concerns of 'when? “There are a few days a year when herpes is active, and possibly transmitted without any symptoms present,” explains Wyand. “This doesn't happen on most days, but it's tricky, because there's no real way to know.”All this sounds really scary, but what it boils down to is the importance of practicing safe sex.
While the risk of transmission will never be zero, there are some steps you and your partner can take to significantly reduce the risk of transmission: avoiding sex during an outbreak, using condoms, and suppressive therapy (antiviral medications like Valacyclovir).
This means that sores from either one can appear anywhere on the body.
To really break it down, let's say you touch an infected person's genitals with your mouth while they're shedding the virus, but there's no genital-to-genital touching. The best way to tell is to wait until you have an outbreak of lesions.
After receiving your question we reached out to a leading herpes expert, Bryan Cullen, the director at the Center for Virology at Duke University. Both strains can cause genital herpes, but HSV-1 usually infects the mouth and produces cold sores.
Cullen is hopeful that a cure for herpes could come within 10 years, once funding hurdles are crossed. Despite funding challenges, Cullen and his team are inching closer to a cure.
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