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Do Herpes Symptoms Always Return?

The symptoms of genital herpes may reappear from time to time. This is because once the viral infection is acquired, it stays permanently in the body. Most of the time the virus remains inactive, but every so often it may reactivate and cause another outbreak.

Each individual is different – some people never have a recurrence.

Others may have recurrences several times a year. However, recurrent outbreaks are usually shorter and less severe than the first episode. This is because after a period of time your immune system establishes antibodies which recognize the herpes virus and how to manage it.  This usually results in fewer outbreaks that are very mild compared to the first.