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 Answer to your Health Question Question: How is herpes formed, like can a female have herpes not knowing, and pass it to her partner, he starts to have outbreaks and she doesn't. Does that mean she has herpes to? Answer: That means she may have herpes. Herpes is any of the diseases caused by Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). There are two types of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Type I, Oral Herpes Type II, Genital Herpes A person can spread herpes from one place (such as the mouth) to another place (such as the genitals) with a contaminated hand. After the initial infection, HSV becomes "latent", which means it hides in your nervous system quietly. Because herpes can lie quietly for years, if not decades, a person may not know they have herpes until years later when there is a recurrence. The phenomenon of latent infection permits long-term persistence of the virus within the host and potential future transmissibility to others. Herpes simplex virus type 1 genes form at least five groups ($\alpha$, $\beta {1}$, $\beta _{2}$, $\gamma _{1}$, and $\gamma _{2}$) whose expression is coordinately regulated and sequentially ordered in a cascade fashion. Previous studies have shown that functional $\alpha 4$ gene product is essential for the transition from $\alpha$ to $\beta$ protein synthesis and have suggested that $\alpha 4$ gene expression is autoregulatory. However, the mechanism by which $\alpha$4 regulates gene expression remained unknown. NEW | Please visit our Health Directories Need more information? Ask a Question Disclaimer: The information contained in this web site is for educational purposes only and is not meant to replace medical advice, diagnose or treat any disease. Your use of this site indicates your agreement to be bound.