066: #AskAlexandra Can You Have Herpes If You Have Never Had An Outbreak?
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Ask, Answer and Get The Facts About Herpes
Welcome to today’s episode of Life With Herpes. I am as always really excited to be here with you. With it being the season of thanks, I really want to thank you for joining me, it warms my heart. And I truly feel blessed to be hear and host this podcast, blog and youtube channel.
Anyway, today’s episode comes from Kelly from Seattle. Welcome Kelly and thank you for submitting your question. You ask a great question, “Can You Have Herpes If You Have Never Had An Outbreak?” In other words, you were saying that you have never had an outbreak so therefore you are in the clear. Ok, this is what I thought before I got herpes. But unfortunately, the lack of a visible outbreak does not mean you’re herpes free. In fact, many people who are herpes positive never experience an outbreak and according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 87.4% of infected individuals have no clue. YIKES!
Here’s what happens. We commonly and probably convince ourselves that whatever bump, cut or itch we have it is something else and there is no way it is dreaded herpes. I go on to tell a story about being in college and living in the sorority house, you will have to tune it to hear the entire story. But anyways, we decide that the cut is from shaving or the bump is from an ingrown hair or it is jock itch (whatever that is) and we then go on and about with our normal day.
What I don’t want to do is scare you. I just want you to be aware. I’m really glad Kelly asked this question. With these statistics and how we commonly misdiagnose our outbreaks I want you to make sure you ask your partner to get tested. Just because he or she says, “I have never had an outbreak” does not mean that he or she is herpes free. And here is the other thing, if you have a bump, itch, scratch or whatever make sure you get tested. Just don’t sweep it under the rug.
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