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Delayed-reaction herpes
Aug 23, 2001

Hi, Doctor, What are the odds for a person to have an Genital Herpes outbreak, after no sex for 10 years? Could the virus lay dormant for 10 years and then become symptomatic? Thanks for your time!

Response from Dr. Feinberg

Yes. Once you are infected with a herpesvirus, it's with you for life. It can remain dormant and then re-emerge later on.


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