Herpes infections in babies can be life-threatening.If you are infected, your doctor will talk to you about your diagnosis and the possible symptoms of genital herpes.The blisters break and leave painful sores that may take weeks to heal.Testing allows a doctor to talk with you about what to expect in the future, which medications are available to help manage any symptoms, and how you can lower your risk of spreading the infection to your sex partner(s).Women who get genital herpes during late pregnancy have a very high risk for having a baby with herpes infection, and these women may not even know they are infected.Women who get herpes during early pregnancy, or who are infected before they get pregnant can also spread herpes to their babies.CDC does not recommend herpes testing for people without symptoms.This is because diagnosing genital herpes in someone without symptoms has not shown any change in their sexual behavior (e.g., wearing a condom or not having sex) nor has it stopped the virus from spreading.
Yes, studies show that HSV-2 infection increases the risk of getting HIV infection, even when there are no symptoms of genital herpes.
If you are a pregnant woman and have a partner with genital herpes, it is very important to get tested.
If you get genital herpes during pregnancy your baby could also become infected.
Also, false positive test results (test results that say you have herpes when you do not actually have the virus) are possible.
Even if you do not have symptoms, you should talk openly and honestly about your sexual history with your doctor to find out if you should be tested for any STDs, including herpes.