In 2008 I started seeing a man who would end up being my husband. We were pregnant with our first born in two months, married when our son was 2 (while I was already 6 months pregnant with our last born). Needless to say, I havent been with anyone else since meeting my husband in 2008. I've now been diagnosed with herpes type2 (for which he tested negative) & I am worried about my children because if it is an old infection, it means I had this virus during both my pregnancies. Should I get tested again? Should I have my children tested? What are my options?
Before going to the gynaecologist, I experienced feeling extremely cold & would occassionally shake before falling asleep at night. My birth (vaginal) stitches felt as though they were swollen and I assumed it was just because it is winter and it is cold. The gynaecologist saw herpes and prescribed me to start taking acyclovir (which is now giving me an itchy rash all over my body)
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The rash that you describe could be due to the antiviral use. Look out for development of any other side effects, and report your symptoms to your treating doctor/gynecologist at the earliest. If you have been diagnosed with genital herpes, then you should consider getting repeat tests done and also check the immunoglobulin levels. The type that shows old infection, if found to have higher values, then you should consider getting your children also tested. Men can remain asymptomatic for long time; hence you might also consider getting your husband/partner re-tested. If he is still uninfected, then chances of infection introduction during your last delivery time or before could be possible. Discuss in detail with your treating doctor/gynecologist and proceed with further evaluation and management as required.
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