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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE HERPES TYPES I OR II DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What are herpes type I and herpes type II?

Herpes simplex virus type I (HSV-I) and type II (HSV-II) are very common viruses that cause a handful of conditions in women of childbearing age. The most common such conditions are cold sores (oral herpes) and genital sores (genital herpes). Usually, HSV-1 is the cause of oral herpes, while genital herpes is associated more with HSV-2, but there is overlap between the two viruses and the parts of the body on which they cause sores.


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