If Someone With Herpes Has No Sores, Can It Still Be Passed On?
If someone has herpes but no sores, can it still be passed on to another person?
Yes. Even when no sores are present, the herpes is still active in the body and can spread to others.
If you or your partner has herpes, reduce the risk of spread by:
- using a condom every time you have sex (vaginal, oral, or anal). The herpes virus can live outside of the area that a condom covers, though, so a condom may not always prevent the spread.
- avoiding sex during outbreaks (herpes is much more likely to spread during outbreaks)
- making sure the infected person takes antiviral medicine every day as prescribed by the health care provider
- *Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
- STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
- How Can I Find Out If My Boyfriend Has an STD Before We Have Sex?
- How Do Doctors Test for STDs?
- I Have Bumps On My Penis. Is This Normal?
- What Are the Chances of Having an STD?
- Is it Normal to Get Pimples Near the Vagina?
- Talking to Your Partner About STDs
- Genital Herpes
- Talking to Your Partner About Condoms
- 5 Myths About STDs
- Can You Get Genital Herpes From a Cold Sore?
- Do Condoms Really Work?
- Telling Your Partner You Have an STD
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
© 1995- KidsHealth® All rights reserved.
Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.