How Many Years Can Herpes Exist In A Human Body Before Dianosis?

Question

Asked by fwilson

How Many Years Can Herpes Exist In A Human Body Before Dianosis?

I have been married for thirteen years. Infidelity has occurred from my husband. I was

in exclusive relationships years in between before marrige. I recently found out that I've contracted the disease. Could I have gotten it before marriage and it's just now showing up?

Answer

The initial symptoms of genital herpes tend to occur within two weeks of infection. Some people have very mild initial symptoms and then never have another outbreak. Some may have just a couple of outbreaks in a lifetime. More women are affected and many say that stress is a trigger for an outbreak. Some people carry the virus and are completely unaware of it.

I think it would be very hard to say whether or not you've had herpes for some time. The fact that you have received a positive result just recently will not tell you how long you've had the virus in your body.

Answered by Jerry Kennard, Ph.D., CPsychol., AFBPsS