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HSV and pregnancy

Janice LaRock jlarock at mitre.org
Mon Feb 12 09:52:20 EST 1996

I'm currently about 12 1/2 weeks pregnant, and have just gotten an 
outbreak (not primary) of HSV (supraorbital).  I'm using zovirax cream to 
control it, because I really don't want to take the oral on the chance 
that it could hurt the baby.  So far, the infection is being moderately 
controlled, although the oral acyclovir would be more effective.  But it 
occurred to me yesterday that I don't know if the virus itself could hurt 
the baby.  

Does the virus get into my bloodstream, and cross the placenta?  There is 
some lymph involvement (in front of my ear, and in my neck on the 
affected side); could the kid catch HSV in utero?

Thanks for the info.

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