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is herpes always sexually transmitted and can it affect children under ten?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
No and yes: The answers to your two questions are: no and yes.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Site matters: Newborns can acquire herpes during their transit thru a contaminated birth canal.When it happens it can trigger a devastating encephalitis or death.The germ can also cause cold sores that can affect people at almost any age.The herpes type can be the same or differ from the one most often thought of as a STI. Any genital herpes in kids should be considered sexual abuse unless proven otherwise

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