Guidelines for the management of herpes simplex virus in pregnancy

J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2008 Jun;30(6):514-519. doi: 10.1016/S1701-2163(16)32868-7.
[Article in English, French]


Objective: To provide recommendations for the management of genital herpes infection in women who want to get pregnant or are pregnant and for the management of genital herpes in pregnancy and strategies to prevent transmission to the infant.

Outcomes: More effective management of complications of genital herpes in pregnancy and prevention of transmission of genital herpes from mother to infant.

Evidence: Medline was searched for articles published in French or English related to genital herpes and pregnancy. Additional articles were identified through the references of these articles. All study types and recommendation reports were reviewed.

Values: Recommendations were made according to the guidelines developed by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Female
  • Herpes Genitalis / prevention & control*
  • Herpes Genitalis / therapy*
  • Herpes Genitalis / transmission
  • Humans
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Vertical / prevention & control
  • Obstetrics / standards*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / prevention & control*
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / therapy
  • Societies, Medical