Pregnancy & Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually transmitted diseases are infections that are spread by having intimate and sexual contact with someone who has an infectious STD. You can get a sexually transmitted disease from sexual activity that involves the mouth, anus, or vagina.

Most STDs can be serious and require treatment, regardless of whether or not you are pregnant. However, when you are pregnant, you are not the only one at risk; many STDs can be especially harmful to you and your baby. Some STDs, like HIV/ AIDS, cannot be cured and may become deadly if left untreated.

Your health care provider will likely screen for some STDs at your first prenatal visit, if they don’t ASK! If you have sex with someone who might be infected, you will need to be screened at subsequent appointments and treated. If you suspect you have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection, be tell your doctor immediately. Prompt treatment is the best way to protect the health of both you and your baby.

STDs include:

  • Herpes

  • HIV/AIDS

  • Genital warts (caused by human papilloma virus, or HPV)

  • Hepatitis B

  • Chlamydia

  • Syphilis

  • Gonorrhea

  • Trichomoniasis

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