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Is it possible for genital herpes to genetically pass to an unborn child?

Can genital herpes be hereditary? Is it possible for a mother or father to pass genital herpes to a baby geneticaly whether s/he knows s/he has it or not or with/without mother having had a recent out break during her pregnancy? I m not asking about giving birth while you have an outbreak because I know that is dangerous for the baby. I m trying to figure out if it is possible that a parent can geneticaly pass the virus to an unborn child at conception . Is it genetic and can you be born with it and not know till you have an outbreak tests positive for it or you get a blood test that comes back positive? Also is it possible for an outbreak of genital herpes to test negetive for the virus and be passed off as just a common skin rash?
Asked On : Mon, 14 Jan 2013
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hi dear, u have asked a very good question. as u said herpes definetly is passed when mother has a lesion but as the virus starts replicating 7 days before the lesions appear so there is a chance that the baby gets effected even if mother is asymptomatic.
regarding heredity, it is not hereditary but if there is rupture of membrane the unborn baby gets effected, hence many doc prefer doing caesarian section in such cases.
hope i answered ur query.
thank u
Answered: Mon, 21 Jan 2013
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