A newly concluded study conducted at the University of Texas
Southwestern Medical center offers hope to women living with
genital herpes who wish to bear children. Because there is a small
risk of passing the infection to a baby during the birth process,
many herpes-infected mothers have delivered their babies via
Caesarean section. For mothers experiencing herpes symptoms at the
time of delivery, a C-section is required. The results of this new
study, conducted with the participation of pharmaceutical
manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline, suggests that vaginal delivery may
now be an option for women not experiencing herpes symptoms at the
time of birth.
The danger of infection results from what doctors refer to
asymptomatic shedding, a term that describes the
ability of those infected with herpes to transmit the virus even
when they are not experiencing symptoms. In the case of pregnant
women, this shedding can often take place in either the birth canal
or the genital region, pla...
I'd like to use this week's SharePost as
a way to start an open discussion about issues relating to my last
SharePost. Although the comments I
received last week were negative, I'm happy that I generated a response from a
couple of readers and would like to keep that momentum going.
To sum up, in my last SharePost I
discussed the issue of casual sex and in it I disclosed that there are occasions,
although certainly not frequent, when I don't feel the need to tell my sexual
partner that I have herpes. I also
admitted to never having used a dental dam.
This does not mean I'm intentionally spreading the herpes virus. I have spent hours and hours (really!)
researching herpes and examining my own body and symptoms. I'm always very careful (besides the
aforementioned absence of a dental dam...I'm sorry but does anyone use those
things?), I'm never even remotely intimate during or shortly after an outbreak,
and I'm very aware of my body and risk lev...
He came in concerned about an itchy, burning rash on his penis. Silently, I could tell he thought it may be herpes . And I thought so too. When I told him that I too suspected herpes and that we needed to test him for the condition, he silently agreed. I told him about the test and about how we’d address the herpes if that is what he had. I knew he had questions, but I could also tell that he was so overwhelmed with the prospect of having the condition that he shut down. He was completely unable to regain his bearings and ask me all of the questions I knew were racing in his head. He left quickly despite my best efforts to engage him in conversation or offer support or information. I can’t imagine what my patient must have gone through that first day and night after our appointment. He must have been terrified, angry, depressed, or even felt ashamed. My heart aches for him. And by tomorrow, he’ll have a million questions. If you’re concerned that you may have herpes and haven’t see...
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