This is a myth and a really common misconception. (1)
ROCHESTER, NY, UNITED STATES, November 17, 2015 /EINPresswire.com/ —
According to a report, many people have the false belief that if a woman has genital herpes, she should not have kids. The truth is, according to Dr. Sophocles, “if you have the herpes virus before you get pregnant, there is a low chance of passing the virus to your unborn child. A 2003 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that if a mother contracts the herpes virus toward the end of the pregnancy and it is present in the genital tract, there is a larger possibility that her baby could be infected.” (1) This means that there is a definite risk of passing the virus to one’s baby, but having a genital herpes infection does not mean that a woman should never have children.
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It is important to note that WebMD says that “A mother can infect her baby during delivery, often fatally. But if a woman had genital herpes before getting pregnant, or if she is first infected early in pregnancy, the chance that her baby will be infected is very low — less than 1%. Women with genital herpes are examined carefully for any symptoms before giving birth. If sores or signs that an outbreak is coming show up at the time of delivery, the baby may be delivered by cesarean section (also called a C-section).” (3)
The bottom line?
The answer is that woman with a genital herpes infection can have kids and unless the mother contracts herpes through the genital tracts near the end off the pregnancy, then there is a very great chance that the baby will not be infected with the HSV virus.
(1) Moore, L. “9 Beliefs About Herpes That Are Totally Wrong.” Published on NOV 3, 2015. – Cosmopolitan
(2) Polansky, H. Itzkovitz, E. Gene-Eden-VIR Is Antiviral: Results of a Post Marketing Clinical Study. Published in September 2013.
(3) WebMD.com – Genital Herpes Health Center – Pregnancy and Genital Herpes – Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD, FACOG on September 30, 2014
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