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    pollypower
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    is it possible to be born with an sti?

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    #110239
    walk_on_walls
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    I’m pretty sure there’s a few that can be passed from a pregnant mum to the baby. Chlamydia, syphilis…

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    CloakOfAsh
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    I think @walk_on_walls is right – @Nurse_Nettie can you confirm please?

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    Nurse_NettieNurse_Nettie
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    @walk_on_walls is right @CloakOfAsh!  In fact, HIV, Hepatitis B, syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia, herpes and human papilloma virus may be passed from mum to baby during pregnancy, vaginal delivery and breast feeding. While that may sound scary, it’s good to know that HIV and STI testing is a routine part of antenatal care during pregnancy. These infections, including HIV can be treated during pregnancy reducing transmission and harm to mum and baby.  

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    #110242
    ElleBelle
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    I heard that a lot of people get HSV1 as babies, when relatives who have it give them kisses.

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    Nurse_NettieNurse_Nettie
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    That’s right @ElleBelle. HSV1 is very common and lots of people become infected from being kissed on the face (including babies). Some people will get symptoms and some won’t. Usually it is a mild condition, commonly known as cold sores. 

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    walk_on_walls
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    Is it true having HSV1 (cold sores) gives you *some* protection against getting HSV2 (genital herpes)? @Nurse_Nettie

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    #110245
    Nurse_NettieNurse_Nettie
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    The answer is no @walk_on_walls as they’re different types of viruses. It’s possible to be infected with both HSV1 & HSV2.  

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