Did you know that you can still get an STD if you’re pregnant? To respect STD Awareness Week (April 11 – 17, 2021), we want to discuss several frequently asked questions about contracting an STD while pregnant.
How can I avoid contracting an STD while pregnant?
Three proven ways to drastically minimize your chance of contracting an STD include 1) not having vaginal, oral, or anal sex, 2) having sex with only one person who has tested negative for STDs or, 3) using latex condoms the right way every time you have sex. The CDC recommends following these tips to ensure accurate use of male condoms:
- Do not use expired condoms.
- Make sure there are no tears in the condom before use.
- Store condoms in a cool, dry place away from heat.
- Use water-based lubricants to prevent breakage.
If I’m pregnant and contract an STD, can I treat it?
If you contract an STD while pregnant, the first thing that must happen is get tested to determine exactly which STD you have. This will determine if treatment is possible or if managing the STD is the only option. For many STDs, an antibiotic can kill the bacteria that caused the STD to surface, and the problem is eliminated. Regarding both treatable and non-treatable STDs, it’s vital to act quickly to keep your health and your baby’s health at optimal levels.
What should I do if I suspect an STD?
The CDC has a campaign in honor of STD Awareness Week and its slogan is simply, “Talk. Test. Treat.” We believe this simple yet powerful slogan is exactly the steps you should take if you suspect an STD! The hardest step might be the first one – talk. Admitting that you might have an STD takes courage, and we’re here to help. Call us today to schedule an appointment to get tested for STDs. From there, we can treat or help you manage the STD if the test comes back positive.
Women’s Clinic of Atlanta Can Test & Treat STDs
The Women’s Clinic of Atlanta team is here to help you gain control of your sexual health, be a listening ear, guide you on your sexual health journey, and more. Discover our services, then reach out to schedule an appointment: 404-377-6640 (Decatur location) or 404-937-3334 (Johns Creek).