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I have genital herpes. I've had it years. I had sex

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I have genital herpes. I've had it for ten years. I had sex with a man recently, no sores present, no symptoms. What are the chances that he will have contracted herpes?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.
Thanks for this question
The chances are small. Less than 5-10%
However, you should always be honest and careful
Most likely he is fine
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
how possible is asymptomatic shedding when you have had the virus for ten years
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
It is very possible
It happens all the time no matter how long you've had it
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
All the time? Can you be clearer on this? If it happens all the time then it's likely he has contracted it then?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
No, I mean shedding happens no matter how long you have had it. It occurs randomly and sporadically. His risk is 5-10%
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
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