We have a long tradition of shaming, ridicule, and misconception to thank for that.According to the CDC, most herpes transmissions occur when the infected person shows no symptoms and may not even know they are infected.But there’s something to be said for someone who knows they have herpes and knows how to manage it versus someone who has herpes and doesn’t know and has never been tested.
Not just compared to everyone you know, but compared to your own life up to this point.
The need to always wear protection and be aware of outbreaks and prodromal symptoms is certainly unique.
If it does transmit, there’s an ~80% chance that they won’t recognize any symptoms from the infection.
Sores can appear around the mouth, on the genitals, on the thighs, or buttocks, etc.
The recurrence of herpes outbreaks is variable—but they always reappear in the same site.