- Sexual Health
How Serious is Genital Herpes?
The majority of people with genital herpes experience mild and infrequent symptoms. Some people may experience more frequent and severe recurrent episodes.
The risk of transmission from a mother to her baby is greatest for babies born to a woman with first episode genital herpes around the time of delivery. Neonatal herpes is potentially life threatening but occurs very rarely in the UK. Women with recurrent herpes prior to pregnancy are at very low risk of transmitting the infection to their babies.