If you have signs of an active viral infection when it's time to deliver, your doctor will likely recommend a cesarean section for delivery.
People with genital herpes have a higher risk of an HIV infection.
Your health care provider may prescribe antiviral medications to help prevent or reduce the pain and discomfort from an outbreak of symptoms.
Sometimes, HSV is mistaken for vaginal yeast infections, bacterial infections, or bladder infections.
The only way to know whether they are the result of HSV or another condition is to be checked by a health care provider.
It may become dormant (inactive) in the nerves and remain there indefinitely. When that happens, the virus travels back along the nerve path to the surface of the skin, where additional virus is shed.
At this point the virus may cause an outbreak of symptoms. In either case, the active virus is easily passed from one partner to another through sexual contact.
The blisters and sores may be accompanied by flu-like symptoms with fever and swollen lymph nodes.