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What Is The Standard Process For STD Testing During Pregnancy?

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"What are the standard STD test for pregnant woman? and Herpes??"

- Anonymous


A pregnant mother goes through a series of prenatal testing procedures during each of her trimesters.  Prenatal testing includes blood, urine and ultrasound analyzation, searching for any abnormalities with the fetus or the mother.  

The first prenatal rounds of testing should screen for HIV, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis and herpes.  If you think you may have been exposed to herpes or any other sexually transmitted disease, ensure that you tell your doctor as early as possible.  Taking antiviral medication to treat herpes can lower the chance that the mother experiences an outbreak during the time of childbirth.  Active herpes outbreaks can pose a variety of risks to a newborn child including becoming infected with herpes.  

Sexually transmitted diseases can weaken the immune system and leave a pregnant mother vulnerable to infections a healthy body might otherwise fight off. STDs during pregnancy can result in premature births and miscarriages.   



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