Management of Herpes in Pregnancy

  • Kate C. Arnold
  • Caroline J. Flint


Herpes virus causes painful vesicles with HSV-1 primarily causing oral lesions and HSV-2 causing genital lesions on the vagina, vulva, or cervix. Diagnosis is made either by viral culture or nucleic acid detection. Primary outbreaks are associated with much higher rates of neonatal HSV infection than recurrent outbreaks. If there are any active lesions or prodromal symptoms present during labor, delivery should be performed by cesarean section [1].


Herpes simplex Neonatal herpes Vertical transmission 


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    American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. ACOG practice bulletin no. 82: management of herpes in pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 2007;109:1489–98.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kate C. Arnold
    • 1
  • Caroline J. Flint
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OB/GYNUniversity of Oklahoma HSCOklahoma CityUSA

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