Q: Is there a way to prevent the spread of herpes from mother to child during pregnancy?

A: A study done in California (Obstet Gynecol 1996;88:603-10) showed that giving a medication called 'acyclovir' late in pregnancy may often prevent herpes infection of the baby. The treatment consists of 200 mg of acyclovir taken five times a day for 7-10 days.

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