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Doctor insights on: Genital Herpes Congenital Abnormalities

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Will your baby be born with birth defects if you have genital herpes?

Will your baby be born with birth defects if you have genital herpes?

Birth defects: Genital herpes can be passed to the newborn as the child passes through the birth canal. Currently we are starting Valtrex (valacyclovir) on women who have a history of genital herpes in the third trimester decreasing their risk of passing the virus to their baby. A woman with active genital herpes during labor is delivered by cesarean section. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Roberts
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Congenital Malformation (Definition)

Congenital malformation is aphysical defect present in a baby at birth that can involve many different parts of the body, including the brain, heart, lungs, liver, bones, and intestinal tract. Congenital malformation can be genetic, it can result from exposure of the fetus to a malforming agent (such as alcohol), or it can ...Read more


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If a mother has a history of genital herpes, what are the odds of a baby having birth defects both for c-section and vaginal birth?

If a mother has a history of genital herpes, what are the odds of a baby having birth defects both for c-section and vaginal birth?

Varies: Birth defects are not an issue with maternal herpes. The baby is at risk of a severe infection from the germ. The risk period begins with the opening of the bag of waters if mom is actively shedding the virus during a recognized or silent outbreak. The germ can travel into babies system & lay dormant for a while or immediately cause infection. A c-section before labor starts can avoid the risk. ...Read more

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When a finger (s) with mid scab wound is exposed to genital herpes and the wound heals before GH can manifest does finger artist become 1of 90%?

When a finger (s) with mid scab wound is exposed to genital herpes and the wound heals before GH can manifest does finger artist become 1of 90%?

Not usually: Genital Herpes has a predilection for the genitals and does not manifest itself on a finger. So unless you touched the finger to your genitals or mouth, it should not effect your finger. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with mono. A few months after, I was diagnosed with genital herpes. My boyfriend’s test came back clean. Is it possible that the herpes virus came from the mono virus?

I was diagnosed with mono. A few months after, I was diagnosed with genital herpes. My boyfriend’s test came back clean. Is it possible that the herpes virus came from the mono virus?

No, but...: Being "diagnosed" with a disease usually means there is a high likelihood of having that disease, but sometimes initial diagnoses are reversed when further testing shows that an alternative diagnosis is more correct. If each person gets the Herpes Type-Specific blood test and the EBV Antibodies Panel blood test done, then there can be more clarity about which virus a person has (HSV1, HSV2, EBV). ...Read more

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Is type 1 genital herpes painful?

Is type 1 genital herpes painful?

Here are some. ..: The page still shows this Q still unanswered although I did it. So, I repeated; HSV-1 genital herpes can cause itching, sore, and pain as that from HSV-2. More detail? To http://www. Livestrong. Com/article/49176-symptoms-type-genital-herpes/. Best wish.. ...Read more

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Why does some genital herpes hurt?

Why does some genital herpes hurt?

Nerve irritation: All forms of herpes can cause a burning stinging type of pain. Herpes viruses are stored in nerve cell bodies and when activated cause irritation of the nerves causing pain. ...Read more

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What can help genital herpes symptoms?

Not much: You can be treated with antivirals which will help to shorten the duration of active lesions, and capsaicin-containing preparations will help to numb the area after the initial burning they cause, but otherwise, simple pain medications can alleviate some of the discomfort. ...Read more

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What exactly does genital herpes look like?

Usually open lesions: With redness around them, but sometimes the skin and introital region can just look red with no lesions, please see your gyn asap for an exam and culture. ...Read more

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Can you get genital herpes if you're a virgin?

Can you get genital herpes if you're a virgin?

It depends: This depends in part on what you mean by "virgin". Oral sex can transmit herpes (due to herpes simplex virus type 1, i.e. HSV1). If you consider yourself a virgin after having only oral sex, but no penile penetration into the vagina, you can get herpes as a virgin. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of genital herpes?

Can you tell me the symptoms of genital herpes?

Often none.: Many people have little or no symptoms most of the time. When symptoms do occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals, rectum or mouth. The blisters break and leave painful sores that may take two to four weeks to heal. ...Read more

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Can I deliver naturally if I have genital herpes?

Can I deliver naturally if I have genital herpes?

Maybe: If you don't have any blisters, or the sensation that comes on before they erupt, you may be able to deliver vaginally if your doctor is comfortable that you're clear. Occasionally, you can take medicine prior to delivery to suppress outbreaks and help prevent passing herpes to your child. ...Read more

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Where did genital herpes start in the first place?

Where did genital herpes start in the first place?

Not known: How any virus came into existence is not well understood. ...Read more

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How to know if I gave my boyfriend genital herpes?

Maybe: The only manifestation of genital herpes is a cold sore or a non-healing abrasion (scratch) on the genitalia. A blood test for the herpes virus is also an option ...Read more

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What can you do to keep from getting genital herpes?

What can you do to keep from getting genital herpes?

Avoid touching virus: The way to avoid genital herpes is to avoid the virus. On an individual basis, that means no sexual contact with "sores" or possible "sores". Extra safety means using condoms even if one partner is "ok today" but has sores off and on. One with frequent sores can ask a doctor for antiviral preventive medicine. On a community-wide basis, fewer partners per person drops the number of infected people. ...Read more

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Can u contact genital herpes when wearing a condemn?

Possibly: It's possible, depending on where the partner's herpes lesion is that you may come in contact with, but condoms will greatly reduce the risk. ...Read more

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What is a good way to check if I have genital herpes?

What is a good way to check if I have genital herpes?

Exam and blood test: A blood test can tell if you have antibodies to HSV 1 and/or HSV 2. If positive, you have HSV in your nerve roots, but both viruses can be either oral or genital. An exam by the doctor when you are having sxs of an ulcer, itching, or burning can verify if the location is genital. A swab can be done for a PCR test of an active lesion, but swabs are not 100% accurate. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's hard living with genital herpes?

Please advise if it's hard living with genital herpes?

It can be: While genital herpes is not a significant cause for morbidity or mortality in this country, it can be difficult to live with because of certain social stigmas that are placed on those who have been diagnosed with genital herpes. Fortunately there are support groups out there or informative professionals, such as your doctor, who can help you through any problems along the way. ...Read more

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What effects do genital herpes have on my overall health?

Generally not much: Genital herpes generally has little effect on a patient's physical health, but may impact them psychologically due to the perception of having a sexually transmitted infection. Rare patients with underlying diseases may experience more serious effects from herpes. ...Read more

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How many people in the united states have genital herpes?

50 million: More than all other stds combined, according to cdc data. (likely because hsv is lifelong). ...Read more

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What causes the same or similar symptoms as genital herpes?

What causes the same or similar symptoms as genital herpes?

...: In the us, amongst sexually active people the most common causes of genital ulcers are herpes and syphilis. Less common causes are chancroid and donovanosis. Non-infectious causes can include fixed drug reaction and behcet's. A visit to the doctor can help determine the cause and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What protection should I use if my partner has genital herpes?

Avoid Direct Contact: Genital herpes is essentially spread by direct contact with an infectious area. It is very common and easy spread. Genital herpes can be spread even if you or your partner don't see any sores - orally or genitally. Valtrex (valacyclovir) has been shown to reduce, not eliminate the risk for asymptomatic transmission. Condoms can help but contact outside of the condom covered areas can result in infection. ...Read more

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Could you get your genital herpes to other parts of the body?

Could you get your genital herpes to other parts of the body?

Very unlikely: Transfer of an HSV infection from the area first involved to another area is called auto-inoculation. It sometimes occurs during the first infection, i.e. within several weeks of catching the virus. After that, the immune system prevents auto-inoculation. If someone has had genital or oral herpes more than a few months, it is very unlikely s/he will ever self infect other places on the body. ...Read more

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How did genital herpes start in the first place? Who had it first?

Adam: This virus (herpes) is the most well adapted to our body of any I know of. It seldom kills but can linger in our bodies for decades. An attack of 'shingles" a new eruption of chicken-pox as an adult is often very painful and persistant problem. ...Read more

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What to do if I discovered out I have genital herpes, please help!!!!!!!?

HSV1 or HSV2?: Find a doctor with expertise in herpes. Often the best expertise is at a public health STD clinic or an infectious diseases specialist. It's very important for you to know which HSV type you have, HSV1 or HSV2. Frequency of outbreaks, transmission to new partners, and need for ongoing treatment are much greater for genital herpes caused by HSV2 compared with HSV1. ...Read more

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New partner. I have infrequent genital herpes outbreaks. What should we do?

Herpes transmission: Herpes can be transmitted without a full blown outbreak. If your partner doesn't have herpes, take 400 mg of Acyclovir daily, . ...Read more

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I have genital herpes. What are the chances of me passing it to bf during oral?

Unclear: Are you concerned with passing it to your boyfriend when performing oral sex on him, or him getting oral herpes by performing oral sex on you? If it is the latter, the chances are good, assuming he does not already carry the virus. Many individuals have acquired the virus previously but do not display active lesions. ...Read more

Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more


Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more