Checking for the sexually transmitted infection
syphilis. This blood test is called a venereal disease
research laboratory (VDRL) test. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommend
that all pregnant women be screened for syphilis early in pregnancy.1, 2
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs). STIs during pregnancy have been linked to miscarriage,
premature birth, low birth weight, and stillbirth. Many doctors routinely test
for the sexually transmitted infections
chlamydia. If test results show that you have an STI,
your doctor will discuss treatment with you.
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October 07, 2013
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