Also, to give some context:
I’m a medical student and have been poring over academic journals trying to find an explanation for why herpetic whitlow doesn’t shed asymptomatically. So far I haven’t found anything that gives a verdict one way or the other, so if you have any papers off the top of your head you could direct me to it would really put my mind at ease.
Sorry if I sound neurotic! It’s just that I’m entering into a relationship with someone who I deeply care about and want to be as informed as possible about the risks.