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*a_dream_in_aqua*
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what's the risk of getting mono from someone who had mono four years ago? my roommate is trying to tell me that the risk of getting mono from a person who has had it a long time ago is slim to none. but i thought once you've had mono, you're always a carrier and can pass it on at any time. who's right? me or my roommate?

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The virus can only be spread when it's active. So, while the virus does stay in the body, it's dormant most of the time. Meaning, the person doesn't have any symptoms and isn't contagious.

So, a few weeks (or sometimes months) after the symptoms stop, a person is no longer contagious.

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Johanna
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*a_dream_in_aqua*
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ok that's good to know. so if the person was actively sick, then it would be a problem (obvioously)? thank you!

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If someone currently has active mono (that is, they are experiencing symptoms of the illness), you'll want to avoid contact with body fluids. But once it's been a few weeks since the symptoms have stopped, they are no longer contagious.

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