I've had genital herpes before. What happens if I get it again when I am due to give birth?

Genital herpes is a virus that can, under certain circumstances, affect the baby causing an 'encephalitis' or brain infection, which can be very serious. If you have had herpes before, a recurrence is unlikely to affect the baby even at the time of delivery. This is because you have developed herpes antibodies that effectively limit the infection and also make the baby much less likely to get herpes. Under certain circumstances, however, even if it is a recurrent attack of your genital area some doctors would advise a Caesarean Section and antiviral treatment with acyclovir.
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