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Babies born with genital herpes

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yashica Robinson White
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
No: Genital herpes does not cause birth defects. It is important to understand that it is not recommended for a woman to have a vaginal delivery if she ha... Read More
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 48 years experience
Birth defects: Genital herpes can be passed to the newborn as the child passes through the birth canal. Currently we are starting Valtrex (valacyclovir) on women who... Read More
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
No: The likely outcome will depend on the situation.If you are having your first outbreak near the time of delivery, the kid may get herpes encephalitis a... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Yes: A woman with a history of genital herpes, with or without fresh sores on her genitals, can transmit herpes virus to her baby during delivery. Such an ... Read More
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 44 years experience
Yes: Usually at time of birth.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: This is more likely to happen if mom has a first breakout around the time of delivery & delivers vaginally. Infection rates of around 30% have bee... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erine Kupetsky
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: If you have an genital outbreak and deliver vaginally, yes you can pass it to baby. Best prevention is to take Valtrex (valacyclovir) 500 mg once dail... Read More
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
May not protect: Maternal genital herpes is a problem.Periodic flares can result in viral sheading and if this happens during delivery the virus can pass to the newbor... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Fetus can get herpes: A fetus (unborn baby) can catch herpes from the mother before labor and delivery. Such transmission of the herpes virus is uncommon but does occur som... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
Herpes: Yes. If the female's herpes is in the vagina.
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Miriam Sivkin
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Must tell spouse: First thing that you must do is share your history with your spouse. He can be tested to identify if he has it as well. If you are attempting pregnanc... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 74 years experience
Yes!: This is a virus and is contagious as I am sure you know. Taking the Amino Acid lysine that you can get from a health food store usually clears it up.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Walter Kobasa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
GET TREATED: Recurrent outbreaks of herpes can dramatically reduced if you take supressive therapy(valtrex, famvir) getting pregnant would not be a problem, but t... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Take antiviral meds: A fetus (unborn baby) can catch herpes from the mother before labor and delivery. Such transmission of the herpes virus is uncommon but does occur som... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Usha Mukhytar
Gynecology 27 years experience
Use condomns: Always use condomns during sex gat your partner a blood test for herpes antibodies to make sure he is clean you can have a healthy baby if you have so... Read More
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