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Infectious Diseases

Genital herpes and children

04/22/2005

Question:

I have genital herpes and was wondering if it can be spread by bathing or swimming with my child? are there any other ways i should be aware of that put my child at risk of getting it from me?

Answer:

This link to the CDC has information you should find useful. http://www.cdc.gov/std/Herpes/STDFact-Herpes.htm In general, genital herpes is spread by direct sexual contact only, so your child should be fine.

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Response by:

Amy Beth Kressel, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati