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How should I know if I passed on the herpes virus to my baby?

How should I know if I passed on the herpes virus to my baby?

Baby is watched: A woman with a history of genital herpes, even without fresh sores on her genitals, can transmit herpes virus to her baby during delivery. Such an at-risk baby is carefully examined, so that anti-viral medications can be started if the baby shows signs of herpes infection (rashes or sickly behavior). If the baby looks fine in his first month, then he probably did not catch mom's genital herpes. ...Read more

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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


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I went to the doctor and the doctor said I don't have the herpes virus itself I just have antibodies what's it mean can I still pass it on?I'm lost

I went to the doctor and the doctor said I don't have the herpes virus itself I just have antibodies what's it mean can I still pass it on?I'm lost

You can pass it on: If you have antibodies to herpes, 1 or 2, you were infected with the virus. The virus may be dormant but it remains in the person's body for the rest of her/his life and can be passed on even if there are no visible lesions. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003352.htm ...Read more

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Do people ever pass genital herpes virus through breastfeeding?

Do people ever pass genital herpes virus through breastfeeding?

Yes.: If you have vesicles on your breast. It's ok to breastfeed when they are gone. ...Read more

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Is it possible to pass the genital herpes virus through breastfeeding?

Is it possible to pass the genital herpes virus through breastfeeding?

Not: Only germs that enter your blood have the potential to enter your breast milk.This one will not. This germ passes through direct skin to skin contact. ...Read more

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If i take acyclovir for a year, will it effectively reduce the amount of genital herpes virus in me I have genital herpes and when i got it, my ex-boyfriend didn't have any outbreak or at least i didn't see it. So i'm really worried if i will pass it to m

If i take acyclovir for a year, will it effectively reduce the amount of genital herpes virus in me I have genital herpes and when i got it, my ex-boyfriend didn't have any outbreak or at least i didn't see it. So i'm really worried if i will pass it to m

Unfortunately : Unfortunately the herpes virus will remain dormant in your nerves indefinitely. The twice daily Acyclovir is merely suppressing the virus in order to decrease frequency and duration of outbreaks. The odds of you passing the herpes virus on to your partner is decreased when there are no active lesions, and further decreased while on suppressive therapy. You will have to discuss the risks with him and decide what's right for you as a couple. As far as pregnancy goes, you can try to achieve a pregnancy like anyone else. The issue is during delivery. There are complications that can occur during delivery if an outbreak is present. If you decide to become pregnant your OB or provider will guide you on treatment and delivery options. ...Read more

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Can the genital herpes virus be passed to a baby through breast feeding?

Can the genital herpes virus be passed to a baby through breast feeding?

No: As long as there are no lesions or outbreaks that occur on the breast and you wash your hands after using the bathroom, there you should not be able to transmit the virus. ...Read more

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Is my baby only exposed to the herpes virus by passing through the birth canal, not while it is in the womb?

Is my baby only exposed to the herpes virus by passing through the birth canal, not while it is in the womb?

No: The overwhelming majority of cases where herpes was passed from mom to baby happen at delivery as the baby passes through the birth canal and comes into contact with virus being shed from the vaginal tissue. In rare cases though herpes can be passed during the pregnancy while still in the uterus. These are cases where the mom acquired her first exposure to herpes type 2 while pregnant. ...Read more

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Herpes Virus (Definition)

Viruses from the family herperviridae. At least seven species of herpesvirus are known to be infectious to man: herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2, varicella zoster virus, epstein-barr virus, cytomegalovirus, human herpesvirus 6, ...Read more


Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more