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STIs and pregnancy

Existing STIs and pregnancy

Planning on getting pregnant and know or suspect you have an STI?  Tell your GP or midwife. Depending on what kind of infection you have, you may still be able to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy child. But some infections lessen your chances of becoming pregnant.

For infections that can't be cured completely, such as herpes and HIV, steps can be taken to lessen the chances of the virus passing from mother to child.

After birth, parents and carers may need to take extra care to make sure they don't pass any STIs to the child. Your doctor or midwife can tell you about any precautions you might need to take. 

Before trying for a child, both partners should consider getting tested.

Catching an STI during pregnancy 

Catching an STI during pregnancy can cause problems for both mother and child. The infection may be passed to the child during pregnancy, labour, or during childhood.

If you are pregnant and suspect you may have caught an STI, tell your midwife or doctor immediately.