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    How contagious are you immediately after a genital HSV outbreak?
    An_248388 posted:
    Hi I've found a wealth of conflicting information on this question. There seems to be consensus that shedding is common immediately preceding an outbreak, but some sources say one is also highly contagious for a period of time after the outbreak while other sources say this isn't the case. I have genital type 1 but I assume this would be the same regardless of type. Does anyone have any definitive information as to how contagious one is immediately after an outbreak (when all lesions have fully healed), and hence whether it's necessary to wait for a period of time before resuming sex?
    abe648 responded:
    Read the Herpes Handbook and watch the Video as per my signature line below.
    Read more in the Herpes Handbook. Watch the Herpes Video and Terri Warren's book The Good News about the Bad News. All located under the heading Herpes at
    An_248388 replied to abe648's response:
    Thanks for your reply Abe. I have read the book and watched the video and unless I somehow missed it they don't address my specific question.
    An_248388 replied to An_248388's response:
    To confirm, I reread the book and rewatched the video and my question is not addressed in either. Does anyone have an answer?
    An_248388 replied to An_248388's response:
    I found an article called Virologic Characteristics of Subclinical and Symptomatic Genital Herpes Infections. They studied only women, mostly type 2 and found that asymptomatic shedding was four times higher in the week before an outbreak and twice as high in the week after, compared to times not close to an outbreak. Here are the exact figures:

    The rate of subclinical shedding was 4.9 percent within seven days of a recurrence (6.5 percent in the seven days before and 3.5 percent in the seven days after a recurrence), as compared with 1.8 percent on the days more than seven days from a recurrence. Thirty percent of the episodes of subclinical shedding occurred in the seven days preceding a symptomatic recurrence and 20 percent in the seven days after such a recurrence.
    abe648 replied to An_248388's response:
    Sorry I did not have the time to reply properly last time. So the thing you want to know is how contagious you are after an ob. The best way to describe it is to say that you should avoid sex until the skin of your lesions are healed that could take about 3-5 days. Once the skin returns to its normal collor then it is safe to resume sex. Hoep that helps. If you have any questions ask more questions. .
    Read more in the Herpes Handbook. Watch the Herpes Video and Terri Warren's book The Good News about the Bad News. All located under the heading Herpes at

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