Managing Sexually Transmitted Infections in Pregnant Women

Nadi K Gupta; Christine A Bowman


Women's Health. 2012;8(3):313-321. 

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Many STIs pose the risk of a number of adverse pregnancy outcomes including miscarriage, still birth, preterm delivery, low birth weight and ophthalmia neonatorum. It should be emphasized that optimal management of any diagnosed STIs in pregnancy should include screening for other STIs and HIV, partner notification and follow-up where appropriate. Close liaison between genitourinary medicine, obstetrics and pediatrics is imperative. Patients should be given a detailed explanation of their condition with particular emphasis on the long-term health implications for themselves, their partners and the infant.

Early diagnosis and treatment of STIs not only alleviates symptoms and reduces complications, but also reduces the period of infectivity and onward transmission.


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