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Can genital herpes infect a baby?

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Usually at time of birth.

In brief: Yes

Usually at time of birth.
Dr. Robert Jackson
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Yes

This is more likely to happen if mom has a first breakout around the time of delivery & delivers vaginally.
Infection rates of around 30% have been cited. Risk drops for recurrent outbreaks & when mom takes suppression meds. Often a c-section delivery is scheduled or done as soon as the water breaks to prevent exposure.

In brief: Yes

This is more likely to happen if mom has a first breakout around the time of delivery & delivers vaginally.
Infection rates of around 30% have been cited. Risk drops for recurrent outbreaks & when mom takes suppression meds. Often a c-section delivery is scheduled or done as soon as the water breaks to prevent exposure.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

A woman with a history of genital herpes, with or 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 proper anti-viral medications can be started if the baby shows signs of herpes infection.

In brief: Yes

A woman with a history of genital herpes, with or 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 proper anti-viral medications can be started if the baby shows signs of herpes infection.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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