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How often do herpes outbreaks happen?

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Typically, another outbreak can appear weeks or months after the first, but it's almost always less severe and shorter than the first episode. Although the infection can stay in the body indefinitely, the number of outbreaks tends to decrease over the years.

SOURCE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 13, 2019

SOURCE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 13, 2019

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