Essential Facts to Know About STDs and Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, part of protecting the health of your baby is protecting yourself from sexually transmitted disease, or STDs. If you don’t feel comfortable discussing STDs with your maternity care provider, you can visit a walk-in clinic for anonymous STD testing. Here is a look at what you need to know about STDs during pregnancy. STD - pregnancy

You can contract an STD during pregnancy.

Some women mistakenly believe that pregnancy offers protection from contracting an STD, but it does not. You have the same risk of developing an STD if you are exposed to one as you would if you were not pregnant. The difference is that STDs can be more aggressive during pregnancy, and they can pose a risk to both you and your baby. If you are not in a mutually monogamous relationship during pregnancy, you need to use protection during every sexual encounter to protect yourself and your baby from STDs.

STD testing may not be part of your standard maternity care.

In most cases, STD testing is not automatically performed as part of maternity care. If your doctor does not perform STD screenings as part of your care, consider having a conversation about your risk factors and asking for testing. You can also opt to have anonymous STD testing performed at a walk-in clinic. Keep in mind that the early treatment offers the best protection for you and your baby, so don’t delay getting tested.

STD treatments are available during pregnancy.

The way your STD is treated during pregnancy depends on the type of STD you have. Bacterial infections, including gonorrhea and syphilis, can be treated with antibiotics that can be taken during pregnancy. Although viral infections, such as HIV and herpes, can’t be cured, antiviral medications may protect your baby from contracting the disease.

At Perimeter Clinic, we offer walk-in STD testing in Atlanta to help you get the peace of mind you need for your own health and that of your baby. Visit us any time to begin the confidential testing process, or learn more about anonymous STD testing by calling (678) 904-5611.