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Herpes is not a genetic condition and so cannot be passed on from parent to child in this way.Herpes is also not spread through blood, saliva, semen or vaginal fluids, instead, the herpes virus is spread by direct skin to skin contact.
At present, HSV screening for all pregnant women nationwide is not practical as an accurate, type-specific serology (blood test) is not available in most commercial laboratories.If the baby is not behaving well, is feverish, irritable, and has blisters, do not delay.Take him or her to your pediatrician immediately, instead of waiting to see whether the situation will improve.Genital herpes, in either parent, does not generally affect children and there is little risk of transmission so long as normal hygiene and herpes prevention methods are practiced.Initial exposure to HSV in babies and young children, after being kissed by someone with a cold sore, can cause gingivostomatitis, an infection of the mouth and gums which goes largely unrecognized and untreated.If you have ever been exposed to herpes talk with your doctor before planning a pregnancy, even if you have never had symptoms or have not experienced a recurrence in a long time.
You will need to contact your health care professional for more information about pregnancy with herpes, and to obtain appropriate tests and follow-up care for the pregnancy.
However, one accurate serology, the Western blot is available.
If you experience your first outbreak late in pregnancy, get a Western blot serology, if at all possible.
That is, the first time symptoms of an outbreak have occurred, even though the infection was contracted some time ago.
In this case the developing baby will be safe and protected by the body’s antibodies.
The main concern for women who already have herpes is to prevent the baby’s skin from coming into contact with an active outbreak during childbirth.