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Jul-05-13, 04:53 PM (CST)
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   I was diagnosed with Oral HSV-2 3 years ago. During my primary outbreak I had a swab test done which came out positive for HSV-2 in my throat. at the time I had no vaginal symptoms, as a matter of fact I have never had a vaginal Hsv-2 outbreak that I know of. but now I am having my second ORAL outbreak and I am 36 weeks pregnant. at my last check up I was already dialted to 1 1/2... that was before my outbreak.. I went to the ER yesterday as soon as I realized that I was having an outbreak and because it was the fourth of july the dr wasn't there he was on call and of course my normal ob/gyn office is closed til Monday.

Here is the issue, while in the er the nurse checked me vaginally just in case, she said that she saw no signs of an outbreak vaginally but even though she didn't see anything and ive never had a known outbreak I am having a LOT of vaginal itching, and there is even some swelling around my labia. Ive checking it with mirrors non stop for the past few days but still no blisters. Even so isn't it odd that I would have all of this swelling and itching at the same time as an oral outbreak? I had planned on having my baby vaginally but now I am second guessing. I never thought this would be an issue and now everything I am reading has me so scared for the life of my baby!

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Jul-05-13, 08:41 PM (CST)
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1. "Go with the advice of your OB/GYN."
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I'm not a medically trained person and am not giving medical advice. I would like to point out that, statistically, every day babies are safely delivered vaginally to mothers with genital herpes. You have to do what you and your medical team are comfortable with.

"Do the Right Thing. It will gratify some people and astound the rest." - Paraphrased from Mark Twain

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Jul-07-13, 08:30 PM (CST)
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2. "RE: Terrified!!"
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Call your OBGYN and talk options with them.

Your odds are low of passing HSV2 onto your baby because you have an established case of HSV2 (i.e. pre-dates your becoming pregnant). You have already passed on antibodies to your baby that will help protect him/her during your delivery. You develop the antibodies that you have passed onto your baby in the first few weeks following contracting herpes and keep producing them for the rest of your life. Even if the virus hasn't troubled you much, you still have oodles of those beneficial igg antibodies.

The horror stories usually happen with mothers who are have a new infection around the time of their delivery (this is not you) versus a possible recurrence (which may be what's going on -- but swelling and irritation could be due to a lot of things). In those rare situations the mother's body just hasn't had the time to develop adequate antibodies to pass and effective amount onto her infant.

The odds are that the delivery is going to go just fine and you'll deliver a healthy baby. This close to your delivery (if you haven't delivered already) it may be too late to start suppressive therapy, but there still may be time to start that to give you some peace of mind.

I have delivered vaginally (twice) as have other women on this site who are positive for herpes and so far nobody has had any complications related to their herpes affecting their baby.

Be well,

Hoe eet jy 'n olifant? Bietjie vir bietjie.
(Translation from Afrikans: How do you eat an elephant? Bit by bit.)

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3. "RE: Terrified!!"
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can you have just oral hsv2 and also not have it genitally? you can but almost all folks who have it orally, do also have it genitally. do you recall the sexual contact within a week or two of your original oral symptoms? was it just oral or was it oral and genital contact both?


The first step in stopping the perceived stigma about genital herpes - is to stop believing in it yourself

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