If you find out you are pregnant and have not had any tests for possible STIs then it is important that you get yourself tested now.

There are many STIs that may have no symptoms but will still affect your pregnancy and could even harm your unborn child. Infections such as Chlamydia, gonorrhoea, Hepatitis B, HIV, Syphilis, Herpes and HPV can all be passed from mother to child and some of these infections can lead to early rupture of the membranes and pre term birth.

In the case of HIV, with the proper treatment you can minimise the chances of passing this potentially life threatening illness on to your child, so get tested right away.

Better2Know suggests that you get a Full Screen or the Platinum Screen to be sure you are being tested for all likely STI’s. Also think about the HPV test as this too can be passed on from mother to child and if left untreated can lead to several types of cancers.

Everyone’s circumstances are different, and it is your responsibility to choose the tests that are right for you depending on your sexual activity and what you know about your partner. If you are unsure then Better2Know recommends a Full STD screen or the Platinum Screen. Once is enough to catch an STD, STI or HIV.

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