Is it possible I had Herpes for a Long Time?

Dear Dr. Rob:

I was told by my obgyn that I have herpes. She took a culture
and blood work and will have the full results next week.
I have been in a committed relationship for nearly 3 years.
I understand that this virus can lay dormant and that some
people do not know that they have it. But I am wondering
how long it can be dormant for. Is it possible that I have
had this for a long time and never had an outbreak before?
Or that my partner has carried it for a long time and never
had an outbreak, but passed it to me and after 3 years it
finally shows up. I am just confused on how this all came
to be. Also if I am the one who has had it all this time but
never had an outbreak, what it the chance that he has it as
well. I mean is there a chance that he may not have contracted
it. I ask because we rarely if ever use condoms anymore, so
I would guess that we would both have it. Any information
you can give me would be appreciated.

Dr Rob’s Response:

Dear Poster Who was Just Diagnosed:

You sound confused. All that you ask is possible. You may
have given it to him or he may have given it to you The
important thing is you both get a Herpes Select Test, and if
either of you are positive through the Herpes Select Test for
either Type 1 or Type 2, and the test is specific for each type,
that you take the appropriate steps to protect the other, if he is,
in fact, not infected.


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