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A 25-year-old female asked:

Will my doc allow me to suppress my genital herpes after just my 1st outbreak of hsv1 on my genitals i'm afraid to pass this on to my kids?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Manageable risks: If a mother delivers vaginally with her first genital outbreak, there is ~30% risk the baby could get it and have a terrible illness. If a recurrent outbreak, this drops to ~4% but suppression of outbreaks (meds) or c-section delivery before the membranes are open 4 hours can cancel the risk. Rarely, some women shed herpes without an outbreak and could pass it , baby sick around 2 wks.

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Last updated Jul 22, 2014

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