Commander's of Penmai
- Oct 12, 2017
Don’t let your little one inherit certain diseases from you. Precaution and caution is the key
Pregnant women are susceptible to the same sexually transmitted diseases (STD) as the general population. STDs can have severe harmful effects on pregnant woman as well as the baby which may be permanently disabling and even life-threatening. Since many STDs may be silent, it is necessary to screen a pregnant woman for STDs, including HIV, so that they can be treated and the harmful effects to the woman and her baby can be minimised. Additionally, sexual partners of affected women should also be tested and treated.
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) by destroying the blood cells required to fight infections and diseases. HIV can be transmitted to the baby during pregnancy, labour and delivery and even during breastfeeding. However, the risk can be reduced (to less than two per cent) if timely treatment is administered to the expectating mother. Therefore, HIV screening is recommended for all pregnant women.