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The Dangers of Sexually Transmitted Diseases During Pregnancy

AmeriHealth District of Columbia | 8/7/2013, noon
Don't ignore the risk factors or symptoms. If left untreated, some STDs can cause cancer, infertility and even death.
Karen Dale is Executive Director of AmeriHealth District of Columbia. Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

Did you know about 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur each year? This means the chances of getting infected are greater than you think. Don’t ignore the risk factors or symptoms. If left untreated, some STDs can cause cancer, infertility and even death. Learning more about STDs can help you protect yourself and your loved ones.

A pregnant mother with an STD can infect her baby before, during or after the baby’s birth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 100,000 pregnant women in the United States have chlamydia, 880,000 have genital herpes and 1,008,000 have Bacterial Vaginosis. This is not just a warning for pregnant mothers. Men can easily spread STDs, regardless of their partners’ stage of pregnancy. Both men and women should learn about the possible risks they present to themselves and their infants.

Listed below are a few STD testing centers in the District of Columbia:

1145 19th St NW, Suite 601

Washington, DC 20036

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm

To get tested here, call: (202) 738-5609 or (866) 693-7789

3924 Minnesota Avenue NE

Washington, DC 20019

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

(202) 738-5609 or (866) 693-7789

9801 Georgia Avenue, Suite 222

Silver Spring, MD 20902

Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:30pm, Saturday 8:00am-12:00pm

(301) 893-7626 or (866) 693-7789

6188 Oxon Hill Road, Suite 104

Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00am-4:00pm, Saturday 7:00am-11:00am, Closed For Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm

(301) 893-7626 or (866) 693-7789

6201 Greenbelt Road, Suite U1

College Park, MD 20740

Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00am-4:00pm, Saturday 7:00am-12:00pm

(301) 893-7626 or (866) 693-7789

5130 Duke Street, Suite 10

Alexandria, VA 22304

Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00am-4:00pm, Saturday 8:00am-3:00pm

(703) 962-1858 or (866) 693-7789

Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Prevention Information Network