Problems with Herpes

Problems with Herpes
  • * Serious problems may arise for people with herpes infection of the eye, ocular herpes, which can cause severe eyesight loss and blindness.

    * Herpes may increase the risk of transmitting or contracting other sexually transmitted infections like HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

    * A pregnant woman can also infect her newborn child. A baby infected with herpes can have very serious complications such as herpes encephalitis, which affects the brain, or ocular herpes, which affects the eye. Newborns, although rare, can die from a herpes infection at birth.

    * It is important that a mother avoids contracting herpes during pregnancy. The first episode during pregnancy causes a greater risk of transmission to the baby.

    * If a woman has an active outbreak of herpes at the time of delivery, a cesarean delivery is usually performed to avoid transmission to the baby.

    *Herpes viruses have been linked to Mollaret’s Meningitis (Recurrent Lymphocytic Meningitis), which is characterized by sudden attacks of meningitis symptoms that last for 2-7 days and are separated by symptom-free intervals lasting weeks, months, or years.