Will I Pass My STD to My Child?
Some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be passed from an infected mother to her baby. STDs like chlamydia or gonorrhea can spread to the baby during birth through contact with the birth canal. Other STDs like HIV or syphilis can affect the baby while it is still in the mother’s uterus.
If you are pregnant, testing for STDs is an essential step in caring for your pregnancy. STDs can be asymptomatic (have no symptoms). It is possible to have an STD and not know. Testing will allow you to get the treatment you need to protect your health as well as the health of your child.
Bacterial STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea are curable. Bacterial STDs are treated with antibiotics that are proven safe during pregnancy for the woman and the baby.
Viral STDs like HIV cannot be cured but can be treated with antiviral medication. This treatment can decrease symptoms of the STD and lessen the chance of passing it to the baby.
Receiving an abortion while you have an STD like chlamydia can increase the risk of complications from an abortion. In one study, women positive for chlamydia but without symptoms were at a significantly increased risk of developing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can affect your health and fertility long term. Therefore, it is critical that you are tested for STDs before you get an abortion.
Getting these recommended tests before an abortion can help you prioritize your health:
Determine if you have an STD before having an abortion, so that you can receive treatment before the procedure.
Occasionally, home pregnancy tests can return false results. Confirm your pregnancy with a medical-grade test.
This safe diagnostic test can confirm, date, and locate the pregnancy.
At Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center, we offer STD testing, medical-grade pregnancy testing, and ultrasounds at no cost to you. Arm yourself with the answers you need to protect your health.
Contact us today to let us know how we can support you.