>What have you all been told about giving birth with herpes?
It's not a problem at all..
>I'm not sure that I have ever had any symptoms, no outbreaks
>that I have known (everytime I thought I had one the doctors
>said no and tests came up negative, and the tears in my
>vaginal tissue were attributed to vulvar vestibulitis.)
When you say that tests came up negative does that mean that you were tested specifically for herpes simplex virus because testing for herpes is not part of the pre-pregnancy screening process. It's not part of routine std testing either..
>I have heard that you would want a c-section if you are
>having a break out at the time,
Most women go on suppressive therapy so that they don't have to worry about outbreaks or asymptomatic shedding during labor and delivery.
> but otherwise that there is
>nothing to worry about. Still, you can pass the virus even
>if you are not having a breakout and some people NEVER have
>break outs and just carry the virus.
You can not pass the virus unless their is viral activity on the surface of the skin. So the difference is really that some people get outbreaks that they can see or feel and other people do not get outbreaks that they can see or feel. However, both (at some point) would have asymptomatic shedding going on even if there were no outbreaks that they can see or feel.
> So can I ever deliver
> vaginally or should I count on needing a c-section?
I have had herpes for 11 years and I have had two babies since contracting the virus. I never counted on a c-section unless it was absolutely neccessary. I went on suppressive therapy with both of my babies six weeks prior to my due date and everything turned out great. Healthy babies, vaginal deliveries, no complications.. what more can you ask for?
I think if you really research this properly you will find that women with herpes do just fine having babies. It's the women that don't know their status, their doctor doesn't know their status, and those that contract it during the last tri-mester that don't know that they have it are the ones that can run into trouble. That's why it's so important to pre-screen for herpes. But, even more importantly the woman's sexual partner should be pre-screened for herpes as well.
Hope this helps,