Whilst genital herpes may be frequent and serious in some individuals, most people will usually only experience mild and infrequent symptoms. In certain individuals, it may cause minimal impact on their sexual health.

Women when diagnosed with genital herpes are at very low risk of transmitting the virus to their babies. However whilst the risk of transmission of the virus to a newborn baby is very rare in the UK, it is greatest when a woman suffers their first episode at the time of delivery, in which case neonatal herpes can be potentially life threatening so we recommend seeking medical advice if you are concerned.

Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Dec 22, 2017 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Mar 23, 2021 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm

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