AIDS Affairs : Pregnant and infected with chlamydia
I recently found out that I am pregnant and that I am also infected with a disease called chlamydia. My doctor told me it is sexually transmitted. I am very worried about the baby. How will this affect my baby? Can chlamydia be cured?
Dear Pregnant Mother,
If you are pregnant and have chlamydia, you can pass the infection to your baby during delivery. This could cause an eye infection or pneumonia in your newborn. Having chlamydia may also make it more likely to deliver your baby too early.
You should discuss treatment with your doctor right away so that any possible health problem can be prevented.
Yes, chlamydia can be cured with the right treatment. It is important that you take all of the medication your doctor prescribes to cure your infection. When taken properly, it will stop the infection and could decrease your chances of having complications later on. Your medication for chlamydia should not be shared with anyone. Your sex partner must be treated to prevent reinfection.
Remember that if you use a condom every time you have sex, this will greatly reduce your risk of becoming infected with sexually transmitted infections, including HIV the virus that causes AIDS.
I have been married for about three years and have been trying to get pregnant from the night of my honeymoon. Sometimes I get really frustrated. I remember some years ago, a doctor told me that I had an infection call PID and that I may not be able to ever get pregnant. Counsellor, this is trouble for me because my husband wants children so badly. I now have some questions for you. Please tell me what PID is? How did I get PID? How do I know if I have PID?
Dear Worried Wife,
I am very sorry to hear that you have been trying to get pregnant but have not been able to do so.
A pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of a woman's reproductive organs. It is a complication often caused by sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhoea and chlamydia. This is why it is absolutely important to treat an infection with sexually transmitted infections seriously.
You are more likely to get PID if you:
• Have a sexually transmitted infection and do not get treated.
• Have more than one sex partner.
• Have a sex partner who has sex partners other than you.
• Douche without doctor's supervision/recommendation.
• Do not get checked by a health-care provider for sexually transmitted infections at least once per year.
There are no tests for PID. A diagnosis is usually based on a combination of your medical history, physical exam and other test results. You may not realise you have PID because your symptoms may be mild, or you may not experience any symptoms. However, if you do have symptoms, you may notice:
• Pain in your lower abdomen.
• An unusual discharge with a bad odour from your vagina.
• Pain and/or bleeding when you have sex.
• Burning sensation when you urinate.
• Bleeding between periods.
You should follow your doctor's instructions carefully, and always remember that you have options of getting a second opinion.
For more information on condom use, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, call the AIDS/STD Helpline toll free at 1888-991-4444