STDs can be a frightening and dangerous regardless of one’s station in life. However, expectant mothers have some additional concerns when they contract an STD. In extreme cases, contracting an STD during pregnancy can cause preterm labor, low birth weight, conjunctivitis, neonatal sepsis, organ damage (including blindness and deafness), and neurologic damage, among other things.
This is just one of many reasons why it is always important to know your sexual health status. Pregnant women will generally do anything to protect their babies, which is why women should know their STD status before trying to conceive.
Since many STDs don’t cause any symptoms, the only way to know you’re infected is to get tested. Once you know, you can get treated to keep yourself and your baby safe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are 880,000 pregnant women per year who are infected with herpes simplex virus 2. Although it’s uncommon, herpes can be transmitted to the baby from the mother during delivery. Knowledge is power and if you know you have herpes, you can talk with your obstetrician and create a plan to protect your baby.
SexualHealth.com allows customers to purchase STD tests online, choosing from individual tests to full 8-Test Panels covering Chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, herpes simplex virus 1 & 2, hepatitis B & C, and syphilis. Appointments at local labs are same-day, and there are over 1,800 testing centers nationwide. Within 72 hours of testing, customers are sent a secure notification email that their results are available in their account online. Tests with a positive or abnormal result include a doctor consultation and prescription medication or referral services when appropriate.
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