Pregnaclinic offers a health screen for the three most common sexual transmitted infections, Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia (swab) and Syphilis (blood)
All three infections can impact greatly on your pregnancy and health of your baby, increasing your risk of?miscarriage, infection of the amniotic sac and fluid,?preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM), and?preterm birth. Early detection and treatment reduces these risks to your unborn baby.
Gonorrhoea in newborns most commonly affects the eyes. If left untreated, a gonorrhoea infection in an infant can cause blindness or spread to other parts of a baby’s body, causing such problems as blood or joint infections and meningitis.
Between 25 to 50 percent of these babies will develop an eye infection (conjunctivitis) a few days to a few weeks after birth. And 5 to 30 percent of babies who contract chlamydia during delivery develop pneumonia a few weeks to several months after birth.
Undiagnosed syphilis in pregnant women can increase the risk of deformities, delays in development or seizures along with many other problems such as rash, fever, swollen liver and spleen, anemia and jaundice. If it is undiagnosed in infants, it can cause damage to their bones, teeth, eyes, ears, and brain.
Who is this for & When to take it
Before planning for a baby it is important that both the man and woman test themselves for the three common sexual transmitted infections.
Also this test is important for expecting mothers, throughout their pregnancy if they suspect becoming infected. At the point they suspect they may have become infected, it is recommended to take this test 2 weeks after when you suspected you contracted the infection (s). If the test is negative for syphilis, it is recommend you re-test after 10 days and again at 3months.
Turnaround Time: 3-4 days
Turnaround Time express: 2-3 day