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What is the difference between being exposed and actually having herpes?


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You can be 'exposed' to herpes at anytime throughout your life, and you may or may not contract it. If you test positive to herpes, irrelevant of whether you have symptoms or not, you have herpes. Some people do refer to themselves as being 'carriers' because they do not experience recurring symptoms, however, they do still in fact have herpes.
Being exposed to herpes doesn't mean you've contracted it. Having herpes means you're infected...being exposed to it means you have been in contact with someone who has herpes but haven't been infected.