U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Brooklyn, NY
A 26-year-old female asked:

If my 10 yr old daughter have the herpes simplex 1 virus, is it possible it could have been passed to her during birth?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Unlikely to happen: HSV passed at birth can cause brain damage from a devastating encephalitis.In a milder case, if caught & treated early, a localized skin eruption would be identified and treated. It is not going to hang around for 10 years before causing some problem.Oral HSV/cold sores can be acquired in childhood from contaminated fingers. Genital HSV in later childhood is sexual abuse until proven otherwise
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Nope: You are confusing this with the OTHER herpes virus, simplex 2. The virus your daughter has is the simple cold sore virus, very contagious, and common in kids.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Herpes: Herpes is caught from skin to skin transmission. The simplex version or HSV 1 is found 95% of the time in the peri-oral area of the mouth. But, it can infect genitalia if that is where one was first exposed. If you have a herpes simplex or HSV 1 infection in your vagina then the answer is yes. But, that would be surprising and rare.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Sep 28, 2016

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.