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If I have genital herpes in the future will I be a father of healthy child?

Harshit

Answer:

Dear Harshit,

Partners in which one of the partners has genital (or oral) herpes, who are planning to have children, and in which the future mother does not have genital herpes must be especially careful not to place the future mother in a situation in which she might develop a first infection with genital herpes while pregnant.

For example, if the future father has genital herpes but the pregnant mother does not, it would be very wise to consult with the obstetrician prior to engaging in sexual relations during the pregnancy.

Even condoms might not give satisfactory protection..

It is also well documented that a pregnant woman having sexual contact with a new intimate partner during her pregnancy puts herself at a much higher risk of contracting primary genital herpes, and thus seriously endangering the child.

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