Dr. Brass-Jones discusses the long-term risk factors associated with genital herpes.
Long-term risk factors for genital herpes are just kind of an annoyance, you know you are afraid you are going to give it to somebody else, a partner.
If you are thinking of pregnancy and you have an active genital herpes breakout at the time of delivery you will end up having a C-section because that’s a safer way to deliver a baby when there’s an actual open wound of the genital herpes. You don’t want baby to be exposed to an open sore.
It depends on the patient how their immune system is functioning, whether they will have a genital herpes outbreak at the time of pregnancy and birth.
I have seen women who have very strong immune systems, who never get one breakout even up to the time of birth. And I have seen other women who have a breakout on a regular basis.
The people that have a breakout on a regular basis should be treated prophylactically in the last few months of pregnancy. It means to be treated with an anti-herpes medication Valtrex or Acyclovir by taking one of those every day.
About Dr. Christine Brass-Jones, D.O.:
Dr. Christine Brass-Jones, D.O., was born and raised in Flushing, New York, attended college on Long Island at SUNY Stony Brook, and left New York for Iowa to attend medical school at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines. Dr. Brass-Jones chose osteopathic medicine because of its holistic view of caring for the patient. She finished a traditional internship and then a residency in OB/GYN at Mesa General Hospital in Mesa, Arizona. She is board certified and does deliveries and surgeries at Banner Gateway Hospital in Gilbert, Arizona.
Dr. Brass-Jones joined a traditional OB/GYN practice in 2000 after completing residency but was not satisfied with her decision. Over the next two years she concentrated on the development of an integrated medical center that would focus on women as the core of the family and helping them to create wellness within themselves. They would then be able to extend this wellness to their families, creating healthier family units.