Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the U. Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is more often the cause of cold sores or fever blisters. Most people with genital herpes don't know they have it. Most cases of genital herpes are caused by infection by the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).
People who have an initial outbreak following a genital HSV infection can expect to have four to five outbreaks within a year.As time goes on, your body builds up more immunity to the virus, and the outbreaks may become less frequent, even stopping altogether in some people.This happens even if the person with the virus doesn't have symptoms or signs of infection.Once the virus enters through the skin, it travels along nerve paths.Your health care provider may prescribe antiviral medications to help prevent or reduce the pain and discomfort from an outbreak of symptoms.
Medication taken on a daily basis to suppress the virus can reduce the number of outbreaks and reduce the risk of infecting others.This can result in a serious and sometimes deadly infection in the baby.That's why taking steps to prevent an outbreak at time of delivery is recommended starting at 34 weeks into the pregnancy.The blisters and sores may be accompanied by flu-like symptoms with fever and swollen lymph nodes.Genital herpes is not the only condition that can produce these symptoms.If you have signs of an active viral infection when it's time to deliver, your doctor will likely recommend a cesarean section for delivery.