Study: Herpes can spread without lesions

April 12, 2011 6:37:56 PM PDT
New findings are now confirming what experts have suspected for years: genital herpes can be spread even when lesions are not present.

Herpes simplex virus type 2 is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, affecting some 536 million people worldwide.

Authors of the latest findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association say this shows patients should use preventive measures as often as possible, including wearing condoms, taking medication, and telling partners about the infection.