Learning you have genital herpes can unleash a lot of emotions. If you’ve done your herpes homework, you also know it won’t kill you, and it probably will not cause serious health problems later. Still, no one should underestimate the havoc the diagnosis can play with emotions. When you have symptoms, you shouldn’t have sex, and probably won’t want to. WebMD explains how to avoid getting genital herpes during pregnancy, and what to do to keep yourself and baby healthy if you already have it. If you are pregnant and think you may have been infected recently, tell your doctor right away. Women who don’t have genital herpes should be careful about sex during the third trimester. If a woman with genital herpes has virus present in the birth canal during delivery, herpes simplex virus (HSV) can be spread to an infant, causing neonatal herpes, a serious and sometimes fatal condition. If you do not have an active outbreak, you can have a vaginal delivery. If your partner has genital herpes, abstain from sex during active outbreaks.
Though the diagnosis is upsetting, it allows you to protect your health and keep from infecting others. Q: My doctor just told me that I have herpes. I don’t know if I got it from my last boyfriend or the one-night stand I had after we broke up. You can still bear children, usually with a vaginal delivery, and you can and should continue to be a sexual person. Hate to break it to you, but you probably have herpes. Herpes has been seriously stigmatized for years, but the fact is, if you don’t have one type of herpes already, you’re very likely to be exposed to it eventually. Herpes virus type 2 usually causes genital herpes and infection of babies at birth (to infected mothers), but may also cause herpes labialis. Untreated, the symptoms will generally subside in 1 to 2 weeks. Infection may be severe and dangerous if it occurs in or near the eye, or if it happens in immunosuppressed people. Avoid performing oral sex when you have active herpes lesions on or near your mouth and avoid passive oral sex with someone who has active oral or genital herpes lesions.
My question is: if we both already have herpes 1 & 2 can we a) re-infect each other or b) cause either of us to have more outbreaks? Also, can we spread the virus to other locations on our own bodies?. Since you already have both kinds of herpes, having sex while your partner has an active sore or is going through viral shedding will not trigger an outbreak. Have children. Women with herpes can still give birth to healthy babies. If you have herpes and plan to have children, discuss your illness with your health care provider. If it is herpes 1, you are far less likely to shed the virus and have recurrent outbreaks and are also less likely to transmit it to your partner. If a woman has herpes in her cervix, can she still have children.
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