A 32-year-old female asked:
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hsv2: curious how it can be passed to baby thru delivery without an outbreak present?can hsv1 be passed thru delivery? (hsv 1 indeterminate;hsv 2 neg)

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Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Herpes is Contagious: We now understand that herpes infection leads to viral shedding whether you have a sore or not. Herpes 2 in the vaginal canal during delivery can lead to neonatal eye infections and blindness. It is old knowledge, now proven false, that you are only contagious with a sore. If you are hsv 2 negative then you do not need to worry.
Answered on Apr 22, 2013
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