Given the prevalence of herpes, and the constant turnover of
men in my life, I was always surprised I hadn’t met a potential mate who shared
my disease. Well I am thrilled to
say that it has finally happened, and I’m sure this has, or could, happen to many
others of you.
After a steamy night of making out and resisting the
temptation to indulge all of our desires, we spent the next day lounging in the
park, basking in the sun, and enjoying our new interest. Then, out of nowhere, he pushed back
and said, “So I think I should warn you…” and the wheels in my head started spinning…Uh
oh, lemme guess…you’re afraid of commitment? You’re an ex-convict? Drug addict? Until I saw
the look in his eyes, sensed his nervousness, and I knew he was about to
disclose an STD. “I have oral
herpes, so the more you kiss me, the more chances you have of catching
it.” What a r...
If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant and you have herpes, you may have a lot more on your mind than morning sickness, maternity clothes and cribs. You might be concerned about whether you can have a healthy baby. While this worry is understandable - the effects of neonatal herpes are devastating - this complication is exceeding rare. It is estimated that 20-25% of pregnant women have genital herpes. Contraction of the infection by the babies occurs in less than 0.1% of cases. Transmission is lowest in women who acquire herpes before pregnancy. The risk of transmission is highest when a woman acquires herpes late in pregnancy. If you are pregnant and have genital herpes, talk to your obstetrician about how to minimize the risk of infecting your baby. If your partner has either oral or genital herpes and you are pregnant and uninfected, avoid unprotected sex , and avoid sex altogether when the partner has an outbreak. In 90% of cases, neonatal he...
Definition Birth-acquired herpes is a herpes virus infection that an infant gets (acquires) at the time of birth. Alternative Names HSV; Congenital herpes; Herpes - congenital Causes, incidence, and risk factors Newborn infants can become infected with herpes virus: In the uterus ( intrauterine herpes -- this is very rare) Passing through the birth canal (birth-acquired herpes, the most common method of infection) Right after birth (postpartum) from kissing or having other contact with someone who has herpes mouth sores If the mother has an active genital herpes infection at the time of delivery, the baby is more likely to become infected during birth. Some mothers may not be aware they have internal (inside the vagina) herpes sores. Some people have had herpes infections in the past, but were not aware of it. These people, not knowing that they have herpes, may pass it to their baby. Herpes type 2 (genital herpes) is the most common cause of herpes infection in newborn babies, but herpes type 1 ...
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