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Pregnancy and HSV-2

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Hello ! I’ve had herpes now for about 3 years I’m on Actclovir suppressive treatment and I don’t really have outbreaks any more ! 

my boyfriend hasn’t caught it and We have a lot of unprotected sex ( trying for a baby) so anyway I got my positive test and can’t wait 

I googled stuff about pregnancy and it came up that ha I got hsv2 can cause miscarriage etc and it’s frightened me! I thought it was jsut if you have a first outbreak mid pregnancy not if you’ve had it years ? 

my question is am I at risk of passing it to my baby in the womb and having a miscarriage or ? 

thank you in advance ! 

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Congrats on officially moving into the "trying for baby" phase of the relationship. My wife and I have a 4 year old boy and it's an absolute joy (and also the biggest self-development journey you'll ever go on)! 😝

Good news is that the chance of passing herpes to your baby is extremely rare. Less than 0.1% of babies in the U.S. get neonatal herpes while 20-25% of pregnant women have genital herpes. And since you've had herpes for well over a year (the time it takes on average for our bodies to build up antibodies), your body has had enough time to get the virus under control, which will lower outbreak risk and overall viral shedding. Those antibodies your body has will also help to protect your baby, too!

Here's a great trustable article that goes into more specifics: https://www.ashasexualhealth.org/herpes-and-pregnancy/

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Note: This is for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute medical advice or diagnosis.
I'm not a medical professional, so please take this as friendly peer support. 

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