What Every Woman Should Know About Sexually Transmitted Diseases
If you have or suspect you might have a sexually transmitted disease (STD), be sure that you tell your healthcare provider and get treatment.
Some STDs can make it difficult for you to conceive. Other STDs may cause severe damage to your baby while in the womb or during birth:
Chlamydia: eye infections, ear infections, pneumonia, premature birth, stillbirth
Genital Herpes: blindness, skin and mouth lesions, convulsions, mental retardation
Gonorrhea: blindness, joint infection and life threatening blood infections of the body.
HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS: immune system damage, death.
HPV: can cause genital warts, and is the leading cause of cervical cancer..
Even if you have an STD that can’t be cured, there are treatments that can help to prevent your baby from being infected or harmed.
Note: Testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is available at all center locations.