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Genital herpes simplex virus infection and pregnancy

Laura E Riley, MD
Anna Wald, MD, MPH
Section Editors
Martin S Hirsch, MD
Charles J Lockwood, MD, MHCM
Deputy Editors
Allyson Bloom, MD
Vanessa A Barss, MD, FACOG


Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection is prevalent worldwide among women of childbearing age. During pregnancy, the major concern of maternal HSV infection is transmission to the fetus, as neonatal infection can result in serious morbidity and mortality.

The major issues related to genital herpes infection in pregnancy will be reviewed here. The epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of primary and recurrent genital HSV infection in the general population, and issues related to management of the infected neonate, are discussed separately:

(See "Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of genital herpes simplex virus infection".)

(See "Treatment of genital herpes simplex virus infection".)

(See "Prevention of genital herpes virus infections".)

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