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Can I infect my partner with herpes if I don't have symptoms?

A person may transmit genital herpes in the absence of visible symptoms, via a process known as shedding. Unfortunately, those with herpes have no way of knowing when they are shedding, which is about 3 percent of the time -- the equivalent of roughly 11 days a year.

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