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Q: I have Herples Simplex. How dangerous is this disease? I have recently got married, and had discussed this with my gynaecologist. She told me to have to have safe sex with my husband, and that there was nothing to worry about. But she also said that this disease is very hard to eradicate from the body. She gave me some medicines---one for 10 days and another for 15 days. I had them, but was not regular about the timings. I read the article in, about sexually transmitted diseases, and learnt a lot. But I have a few queries. My gynaecologist mentioned that I should not conceive till this disease is eradicated. She also told me that the disease has just started. There are no painful sores. What should I do? Can I bear a child or not? Is this disease contagious? What precautions should I take?

Anita (Baruch, India)

A: Do a blood test called TORCH to check if the infection has cleared. You should use barrier contraceptives until it clears. Getting pregnant when the infection is still there may mean complications and deformities in the baby. But after the infection has cleared, you can have a normal pregnancy.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe

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