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Non screening policy in the UK during pregnancy

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MissHope

Interesting articles - thanks for the post.

I copied your Google search to check for Australian tests and interestingly I noted that contrary to popular belief, unless in the case of a primary outbreak, C Sections are NOT routinely offered to herpes positive mums, but rather are the last resort, "as the risk of vertical transmission is small. It should be considered only if active genital lesions that cannot be covered are present at the onset of labour."

I am currently 21 weeks and really battling with a decision about whether to go vaginal or by c section so this was a really comforting read.

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GntiNh

Congradulations.

I had a baby 15 months ago, I'm oral and genital HSV 1 and I had a normal vaginal delivery. The doctors in that I met seemed totally unconcerned and many insisted that I had HSV 2 as it was genital!

I did ask for my daughter to be tested after birth but I was told that was not necessary. The only advise they gave was " be careful when you kiss her if you have a sore". At this point I gave up trying to educate them!

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MissHope

Congrats to you too and great work on the natural delivery!

My Dr didn't even blink when I told him, in fact he told me that I'd be in good company since it was so common in the hospital he delivers in! I've been so impressed so far at how much of a non event the herpes really is and each day I'm more convinced that I too can go natural.

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noona

GntiNh - I'm HSV2. My GP wouldn't prescribe me antivirals for the birth and my midwives were pretty useless as well. When I had to see another GP at my health centre about it, he just sneered as soon as I said genital herpes, never felt so judged before about it. Ended up going to the GUM clinic and obviously they were far more informed and dealt with my medication treatment in the last few weeks of my pregnancy.

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GntiNh

noona that is horrible and if you feel up to it you should complain to your local Primary Care Trust (PCT) over their failure in duty of care for you and your child.

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