Yes, people with herpes can have children. Herpes does not generally affect fertility, and there is no evidence to suggest that herpes can be transmitted from parent to child during pregnancy or childbirth.
However, it is important for pregnant women with herpes to take certain precautions to protect their babies. If a woman has a herpes outbreak during delivery, there is a risk of the baby being infected with the virus. In some cases, this can be very serious and even life-threatening for the baby.
To minimize this risk, women with herpes are often advised to take antiviral medications during pregnancy to help prevent outbreaks. They may also be advised to have a caesarean section delivery to reduce the risk of transmission to the baby.
If you have herpes and are planning to have a child, it is important to talk to your doctor about any potential risks and to follow their advice to ensure the safety of your baby.