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can a person give genital herpes to their baby after they are born?

for instance a baby that is older---3-12 months? just by contact with hands and washing during diaper change?

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:34 PM on Nov. 3, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Not genital, no. That spreads by skin to skin contact with the infected area. So unless the infected person has recently touched an open wound down there and not washed his/her hands before handling the baby, then you are in the clear.
    However, if it was a vaginal birth, the virus may have been spread to the child then, and only just now can be having an outbreak. Generally if you are honest with your doctor and they know about the STD, they will check you out for an outbreak like, a week before you are due and also when you go into the hospital, and if you are having one they will take the baby by C-Section to avoid giving it the disease (at least at the hospital I work at that's how they do it)

    Answer by CarolynBarnett at 6:38 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • The only way I have heard that you can give it to your baby is if you have an outbreak and have a baby vaginally the baby can get it that way.

    Answer by geenabelle at 6:38 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • I would say yes, so make sure you never go without washing your hands at all times!

    Answer by h2obare at 7:20 AM on Nov. 4, 2008

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