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Women who are pregnant can become infected with the same STDs as women who are not pregnant.

Pregnancy does not provide women or their babies any additional protection against STDs. Many STDs are ‘silent,’ or have no symptoms, so you may not know if you are infected.

If you are pregnant, you should be tested for STDs, including HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), as a part of your medical care during pregnancy. The results of an STD can be more serious, even life-threatening, for you and your baby if you become infected while pregnant.

It is important that you are aware of the harmful effects of STDs and how to protect yourself and your unborn baby against infection. If you are diagnosed with an STD while pregnant, your sex partner(s) should also be tested and treated.

Pregnant women should ask their doctors about getting tested for STDs, since some doctors do not routinely perform these tests. For more information click here to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site STDs during Pregnancy.

 
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