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What should I do if I have genital herpes while pregnant?

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To get the best care, tell your doctor you have genital herpes. It’s possible to pass along the virus to your baby. Your doctor can talk to you about how to lower the chances that this will happen.

If you have an outbreak while you’re pregnant, your doctor can give you medicine to treat your symptoms and stop them sooner.

Your doctor may give you a drug to prevent an outbreak as your due date gets closer.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Coping and Support.”

CDC: “Genital Herpes — CDC Fact Sheet.”

Center for Young Women’s Health: “Herpes.”

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Genital Herpes.”

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare: “Living with an STD.”

CDC: “Genital Herpes Screening FAQ.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Coping and Support.”

CDC: “Genital Herpes — CDC Fact Sheet.”

Center for Young Women’s Health: “Herpes.”

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Genital Herpes.”

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare: “Living with an STD.”

CDC: “Genital Herpes Screening FAQ.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 06, 2018

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