Statistics show that 25% of all Americans have an incurable STD. There are 20 million new cases reported every year and half of these infections are among people ages 15 to 24 and they can have long-term consequences.
If you are pregnant and wondering if you have an STD, and are worried about your child, it’s important to get tested today. Here is what you want to know about sexually transmitted infections when pregnant.
First, What Is An STD?
An STD stands for a sexually transmitted disease, which is an infection transmitted by one person to another through sexual contact. Infection is normally passed by anal, vaginal, or oral sex. There are a few types that are spread by skin-to-skin contact as well.
If you’re not sure that you’re at risk for an STD, get tested to be sure. It’s always better safe than sorry, as testing can prevent further health risks.
Will I Pass My STD to My Child?
It is likely you will pass STDs to your baby, and these can cause serious health issues, so make sure and get tested as soon as you can. Many STDs affect men and women, but statistics show STDs are more severe in women, including pregnant women.
If passed along, STDs can have serious effects on your baby. Some of these include pneumonia, blood infection, blindness, deafness, brain damage, and more.
Common STD Symptoms
You may already be experiencing STD symptoms. Many people have multiple STD symptoms, and some none at all. Either way, get tested to get the clarity you need. Some common STD symptoms include:
Unusual discharge from the penis or vagina
Sores or warts on the genital area
Painful or frequent urination
Itching and redness in the genital area
Blisters or sores in or around the mouth
Abnormal vaginal odor
Anal itching, soreness, or bleeding
How Do I Get Tested?
While there is no cure for STDs, getting tested can prevent further infection and help you get started with treatment right away.
Talk to us today to get tested at our clinic at no cost to you! You are not alone. Our team is here to help in any way we can.