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Herpes Outbreak Location & Transmission?


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I have seen a lot of reference to transmission rates depending on the location of outbreaks. Just wondering...what if you don't get outbreaks? I had a primary outbreak, but haven't had an outbreak or symptoms since then. I thought that you can shed from anywhere in the "boxers shorts" region, so I was just wondering if anyone could provide additional wisdom about this.

 

Thanks!

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Hey there! On our handouts — http://herpeslife.com/free-ebook — the transmission rates that are posted assume that there is no actual herpes outbreak happening, which would be the same for asymptomatic herpes carriers. Whether you get actual active herpes outbreaks or not, asymptomatic herpes shedding happens at the same rate on average across the whole population. 20% of people who have herpes will actually never have an active outbreak, but they are still have the same rate of passing herpes as those who get outbreaks but avoid sex when they are active. Does that make sense?

 

And to answer your other question, you tend to shed right around the spot where you had your outbreak since herpes travels down the nerve ganglia. Once herpes takes one path, that tends to be the path of least resistance for future outbreaks and future asymptomatic viral shedding.

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