Tonight a lady from the Planned Parenthood that I go to called me with the results of the STD screening I had some months ago. She mentioned that I carry the strep B strain in my lower regions. She wasn't very clear on it though, except for the fact that I would need to tell a doctor if I was pregnant that I have it.
I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on what this does, how I know if it's acting up, how I could have gotten it, and if it is contagious. Huge thanks to anyone who can help me out here!
"Group B Streptococcus is a bacterial infection in which groups of streptococcus bacteria reproduce and multiply (colonize) in the mucous membranes. This bacteria is found most often in the vagina and rectum of females. Group B Streptococci can be transmitted sexually, as well as to a fetus as the infant passes through the birth canal."
"An estimated 12,000 infants in the United States will become infected with GBS each year. This bacteria will result in the death of an estimated 2,000 infants yearly, while leaving many others mentally and/or physically handicapped."
Basically, it is something to be concerned about when giving birth because it is dangerous to the infant, but not to you.
Strep B is rampant in hospitals and is not an unusual thing for an infant to be exposed to. While it is something you want to mention to your helathcare team if you ever decide to have a baby, it shouldn't alarm you. It's very common in women and the babies they have.
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