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Question: When is genital herpes contagious?

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Answer: Although the latent virus is always present in an infected individual’s body, spread is by direct contact with the virus at the site of an outbreak. Therefore, the virus can only be spread when a woman has a secondary outbreak or in the days just prior to the eruption of an ulcer. During this […]

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Question: What is the difference between a primary and a recurrent herpes outbreak?

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Answer: A primary herpes outbreak is typically more severe and lasts longer (12-21 days). Recurrent outbreaks typically last 2-5 days, and the symptoms are usually more mild. The frequency of HSV recurrence is quite variable. Some women experience a single outbreak and others have recurrences many times a year. Reference:  Stenchever MA, Droegemueller W, Herbst […]

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