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just a quick it possible to be a just a carrier of herpes?? like not have any symptoms but still be infected with it? thanx.
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I Don't think so.
Herpes is usually open sores around the genitals, or on the mouth, you can usually tell if you have coldsores, or open sores that would be contagious because they tend to be a little discomforting (I actually have a cold sore right now, and it's VERY uncomfortable).

So Unless you have itchy open sores, I don't think you can pass the virus on, but I could be wrong. Advocates?

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Herpes can be transmitted between outbreaks even when there are no symptoms - it's called "asymptomatic shedding":

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The short way of explaining this is that cold sores are not Herpes. Herpes is a virus, and cold sores are be one of the symptoms of that virus.

Think about it like getting chicken pox (also a zoster virus) when you were a kid: that is as contagious as it is because it's there before there are visible sores, and thus, people don't know it's there to be transmitted until it already has been. Some folks who get chicken pox get them everywhere imaginable, others only get a handful scattered lightly, and others still may have no symptoms or sores at all. The pox are a symptom of the virus, not the virus itself.

Make sense?

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