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First lesson of herpes transmission: There is pretty much no way to know who gave you herpes
“The symptoms of a herpes infection vary widely from person to person, and most of the time there are no clinical manifestations," Kathleen Page, M.D., an associate professor in the department of medicine for the division of infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, tells SELF. The thing is, it's possible to transmit the virus whether you have symptoms or not. "In fact, most transmissions occur from people who don't have any symptoms and do not even know they are infected,” says Dr. Page.