Sexually transmitted infections may be one of the most important preventable causes of adverse outcomes of pregnancy, including low birth weight/prematurity, congenital infection, stillbirth, and postpartum infection. However, diagnosis and treatment can reduce or eliminate potential risks and increase a woman's odds of a healthy delivery.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that pregnant women be routinely screened for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, and syphilis. Depending on risk factors, screening for bacterial vaginosis, herpes, or other STIs may be recommended by a healthcare provider. The following brochures can help educate your patients about the importance of STI screening during pregnancy and steps to take to ensure a healthy pregnancy and delivery.