Herpes Question – Can it spread without a breakout?

Can herpes be passed to a person when the person that has it isn’t having a breakout?

– Farrah

Hi Farrah

Yes, the disease herpes can be passed by a carrier to another person even when the carrier is not having an outbreak. There is something called “viral shedding”, which means that someone with herpes can shed the virus through the skin at any point in time.  It can happen with or without symptoms.

Please check out the Herpes Information and Herpes Advice page as well as our other Cure for Herpes pages for more information.

– Kristina

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