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How does herpes be spread to partner but not to baby?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on variables: A mother experiencing a primary herpes infection in early pregnancy may suffer fetal loss. If she had herpes in the past and it goes dormant, she can have a normal pregnancy and baby. Many will schedule a c-section around term to reduce the risk of baby being exposed to herpes that may be shedding in the birth canal.That shedding could result in a baby infection at a few weeks of age.

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A 24-year-old female asked:

How not to get my partner herpes we trying to make a baby?

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Dr. Mark Weisberg
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Herpes Simplex: It is important to have sexual contact at periods when shedding the virus are less likely which include when not having an active breakout and under maintenance anti-viral medications.

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