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I have genital herpes...will I be able to get pregnant and have a healthy baby?
I recently found out that I am positive for genital herpes. I had little tiny bumps on my vulva that the doctor identified as symptoms of herpes; her diagnosis was confirmed with a blood test. Can I conceive a healthy baby with a partner who also has the herpes virus?
Terri Warren, MS, RN, ANP on September 14, 2011
Thanks for your question. I’m glad to know that you’re taking responsibility for your health by getting tested and knowing your STD status. Getting tested on a regular basis ⎼ especially for people who aren’t in mutually monogamous relationships ⎼ is a good idea.
To answer your question, you can definitely have a healthy baby...even if you and your partner both have herpes. And if your partner doesn’t have herpes, there are precautions you can take to reduce the risk of passing the virus to him (such as condoms and taking daily antiviral medication).
When you decide to become pregnant, consult your doctor to ensure you’re on the right track for a healthy baby. Also mention your herpes diagnosis so your care provider can give you and your baby the best care. When it comes time for delivery, you and your doctor can take precautions to avoid infecting the baby.
I wish you good luck and good health.
Warren is a Nurse Practitioner and owner of Westover Heights Clinic in Oregon. She is a renown expert and author in the field of genital herpes research, diagnosis and treatment. Warren was educated at Oregon Health and Sciences University and the University of Portland.