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Is it okay to try to have a baby if both potential parents have genital herpes?

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Dr. Yashica Robinson White
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Yes

Your baby will not automatically have herpes because both parents have herpes.
It is more likely for your baby to become infected if you have an active lesion/ outbreak at the time of delivery. In this case, your doctor will recommend c-section for delivery. To prevent outbreaks close to time for delivery, you should take an antiviral such as Valtrex (valacyclovir) in the 3rd trimester.

In brief: Yes

Your baby will not automatically have herpes because both parents have herpes.
It is more likely for your baby to become infected if you have an active lesion/ outbreak at the time of delivery. In this case, your doctor will recommend c-section for delivery. To prevent outbreaks close to time for delivery, you should take an antiviral such as Valtrex (valacyclovir) in the 3rd trimester.
Dr. Yashica Robinson White
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Newborn infection is most likely if the primary herpes infection occurs during the last weeks of pregnancy with active lesions.
Infection rates up to 30% are cited but this drops to around 5% for those with recurrent outbreaks.This can be avoided with antiviral suppression of outbreaks and a planned c-section prior to active labor.

In brief: Yes

Newborn infection is most likely if the primary herpes infection occurs during the last weeks of pregnancy with active lesions.
Infection rates up to 30% are cited but this drops to around 5% for those with recurrent outbreaks.This can be avoided with antiviral suppression of outbreaks and a planned c-section prior to active labor.
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