Myth of the Day 59
Myth: I can’t have children because I have genital herpes and will pass it on to my baby when I give birth.
Fact: If you are not having an outbreak during the birth, there is generally no virus present in the birth canal to infect the baby. It is, however, possible that a newborn baby can be infected with the herpes virus if your infection is active at the time of birth. In rare cases, this is avoided by performing a caesarean section to reduce the contact between the infection and the baby. Please talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.