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Why should a doctor screen me for STDs during pregnancy?

Pregnant women who are infected with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can suffer miscarriages or pass those infections on to their child during pregnancy or childbirth. Infants can suffer from resulting infections of the joints, eyes and blood. Most of these STDs , such as gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia, can be treated during pregnancy, which reduces risk to the infant. Others STDs, such as herpes and HIV/AIDS, can be detected, and measures can be taken to help prevent the infant from becoming infected. Early initial detection and retesting pregnant mothers when new infections are suspected are key to stopping the spread and side effects of STDs in pregnant women.

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