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A 32-year-old female asked:

don't have hsv 2, but curious how u can transmit the virus to baby during delivery if there isn't an active outbreak?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Virus is invisible: The virus is invisible to our eyes, but can be in the affected areas of the body in between outbreaks. If there are a lot of viruses causing tissue damage, then the patient feels the symptoms and sees the blisters and rash. If there are few viruses, and they are not causing symptoms, the patient doesn't know the viruses are there.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
One of the most tragic kids I ever took care of developed HSV encephalitis after vaginal delivery to a mom who never knew she had it and was asymptomatic at delivery.
Aug 7, 2013

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