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If a mother and father both have genital herpes, what are the chances of their new baby having it?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: 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 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.

In brief: 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 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine

In brief: Unfortunately high

Some mds recommend caesarean delivery since herpes can be dangerous to the fetus as he/she passes throught the brith passage.

In brief: Unfortunately high

Some mds recommend caesarean delivery since herpes can be dangerous to the fetus as he/she passes throught the brith passage.
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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