When you’re expecting a baby, maintaining good health is more crucial than ever. In fact, the pregnancy may cause you to examine some previously ignored aspects of your health. For instance, knowing how different STIs can affect you during pregnancy will make you want to know your status ASAP.
The viruses and bacterial infections that make up sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are common, communicable, and potentially devastating to growing infants. For most adults, getting an STI is not a huge deal: you get some antibiotics from the doctor and the mystery bump is gone. But the same infections that are mere annoyances for healthy adults can be greatly damaging or even fatal for infants. Because of this, it’s crucial to know your STI status prior to and during pregnancy.
To learn more about this topic, Romper reached out to Fred Wyand, director of communications for the American Sexual Health Association. His takeaway message is clear: get tested. At the initial prenatal visit, all women should be tested for syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B, and women under 25 should also be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea. “It’s important to note that very high rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea are found in young women of child bearing age, and frequently these infections don’t have symptoms, so testing is key,” Wyand says. Most bacterial STIs can be treated and cured with antibiotics during pregnancy, and even viral STIs such as herpes or HIV…
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