Gardnerella Vaginalis BV During Pregnancy

Gardnerella Vaginalis (also sometimes called BV) is an infection of the female genital tract by bacteria of the Gardnerella vaginalis strain, often in combination with various anaerobic bacteria. ... read more »

Hepatitis B and Pregnancy

Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, resulting in liver cell damage and destruction. Five main types of the hepatitis virus have been identified. The most common type that occurs during pregnancy is hepatitis B (HBV). ... read more »

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infection

CMV stands for Cytomegalovirus, which is a DNA herpesvirus that infects up to 85% of all people in the United States at some point in their lives. ... read more »

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the name of a condition in women where the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted and replaced by an overgrowth of certain bacteria. ... read more »

Trichomoniasis During Pregnancy

Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease. When a pregnant woman is infected with trich, she may be at increased risk of problems during pregnancy such as early delivery. ... read more »

Syphilis During Pregnancy

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection. Due to the increased risk of pregnancy complications, women are typically screened for syphilis during prenatal testing. ... read more »

HPV Human Papilloma Virus Infection

Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) and most people who become infected with HPV do not even know they have it. ... read more »

Gonorrhea During Pregnancy

Gonorrhea is a serious bacterial infection that may be passed from one partner to another during sexual contact. Sexual contact includes oral, anal and genital sex. ... read more »

Chlamydia During Pregnancy

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection. The risk of passing chlamydia to an infant when the infant comes in contact with the birth canal is about 20- to 40-percent. ... read more »

Preventing Food-borne Illness During Pregnancy

Preventing food-borne illness is always important, but is especially so during pregnancy when the consequences can adversely affect the mother and the unborn child. ... read more »

Common STDs in Men

STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases, are passed from one person to another via unprotected sex. Syphilis, HIV, and gonorrhea are three major STDs men have to worry about. ... read more »

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

An STD occurs when an infection is transmitted during sex, although it may not be exclusively during sex since some infections are transmitted through touching or kissing. ... read more »

Hepatitis A and Pregnancy

Hepatitis A (HAV) is a viral infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Other viral liver infections are caused by hepatits B (HBV) and C (HCV) viruses. There is an increased risk of premature delivery if you become infected with HBV during pregnancy. ... read more »

How to Teach Your Family to Prevent Infections

Parents often believe infants are too young to practice infection prevention. From birth, babies seem naturally lured to fingers and any other items they can grasp and shove in their mouths. ... read more »

Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)

Sexually transmitted diseases affect more than 2 million women every year. This number can only be tallied by the number of women who are treated or diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease. ... read more »

Can I Pass Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) to my Unborn Baby?

I contracted genital warts from my previous boyfriend and now I want a baby. Should we start using condoms every time we have sex and try to adopt? ... read more »

Caring for Your Baby's Umbilical Cord

Learn all about how to care for your baby's umbilical cord. ... read more »

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection and Pregnancy

RSV infects the breathing passages and lungs in small children and infants. Since infants and small children have not yet built up enough immunity the condition may worsen and lead to other illnesses. ... read more »

What Are Causes of Spotting?

What are the possible causes of spotting? ... read more »

Information About Vaccinations

How do vaccines work? ... read more »

Reye's Syndrome

Reye's Syndrome is not an infection; rather, it is an illness that affects some children after a viral infection. Clinical studies have linked Reye's Syndrome with aspirin. ... read more »

Urinalysis - Testing The Urine During Pregnancy

One of the tests done routinely at each prenatal visit is the urine test or urinalysis which checks mostly for sugar, protein, blood, and leucocytes. ... read more »

Listeria or Listeriosis and Pregnancy

What is listeria? Listeria is a bacterium (Listeria monocytogenes) that is common in the environment. It is carried by many farm animals and pets. You can be infected by listeria if you eat contaminated food. Some foods are riskier than others – the riskiest are those eaten raw or inadequately cooked. ... read more »

How to Deal with Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is a painful condition in which the skin that is covered by a baby's diaper is red and inflamed from the constant contact of the diaper. ... read more »

Can I Eat Cheese During Pregnancy?

Certain types of cheese pose a risk during pregnancy. ... read more »

OraQuick In-Home HIV Test

The OraQuick In-Home HIV Test is designed to give users privacy, accuracy and a preliminary test result for HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies. ... read more »

What Is Toxoplasmosis?

Toxoplasmosis is an infection that is caused by contact with a microscopic parasitic organism called Toxoplasma gondii. When contracted by a pregnant woman, it can pose a serious risk to her baby. ... read more »

Breast Infections: Mastitis

Breast infections (also known as mastitis) are most common in the period up to six weeks after birth, but they can happen as long as you are nursing. ... read more »

Pregnancy Chickenpox and Shingles

If you develop shingles while you are pregnant, your baby will not be affected. This is because your body already contains the necessary antibodies to protect your baby from the virus. ... read more »

Breastfeeding Exclusively May Prevent Infection

In a new study published by the Archives of Diseases in Childhood, women who exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life were less likely to report common infections ... read more »

When to Use Antibiotics During Pregnancy

Not all illnesses are infections that need or can to be treated with antibiotics. The obstetrician will judge the severity of the infection before prescribing an antibiotic. ... read more »

Urine Smells of Ammonia

Is urine with an ammonia smell a problem? ... read more »

Viral Diseases and Pregnancy

Viral infections in pregnancy such as HIV, CMV, or parvovirus are major causes of newborn, mother and fetal diseases. ... read more »

STD - Recommended Screening

Intrauterine or perinatally transmitted STDs can have fatal or severely debilitating effects on a fetus. Here are the CDC (Centers for Diseases Control) recommendations for screening of pregnant women ... read more »

Hepatitis Tests During Pregnancy

Hepatitis B infection in pregnancy can be dangerous because the virus can be transmitted to the baby ... read more »

Rubella Infection Symptoms

What are the symptoms of a rubella infection? ... read more »

Scabies In Pregnancy

  Scabies (say: skay-beez) is an itchy skin condition caused by teeny, tiny mites that dig tunnels underneath the skin's surface. ... read more »

Parvovirus Fifth Virus During Pregnancy

Parvovirus B19 is a virus that commonly infects humans; about 50% of all adults have been infected sometime during childhood or adolescence. Parvovirus B19 infects only humans. ... read more »

Toxoplasmosis and Pregnancy

How do I get infected with toxoplasmosis during pregnancy? ... read more »

Bacterial Vaginosis and Miscarriage

Can bacterial vaginosis (BV) cause a miscarriage? I was just reading that it can. I have had BV in the past and my fear is that I will have a miscarriage if I conceive and get BV. ... read more »

Toxoplasmosis Prevention

How to prevent toxoplamosis. ... read more »

Chancroid

 The agent responsible for the sexually transmitted disease Chancroid is a bacteria called Haemophilus Ducreyi. ... read more »

Chickenpox During Pregnancy - How Serious Is It?

Chicken pox (varicella is usually worse in adults who didn't have chicken pox as children. It's even worse in pregnant women as it puts them at high risk of developing life-threatening pneumonia. ... read more »

How To Care For Your Baby's Circumcised Penis

Information on how to care for your baby's circumcised penis. ... read more »

Vaginal Discharge: Causes and Treatment

Nearly every woman will experience vaginal discharge at some point in life. Most often, vaginal discharge is normal and does need no treatment, but there can be other causes which require medical treatment. ... read more »

Types of Childhood Infections

You've gotten through your pregnancy, dealt with given birth, and now your child has an infection. Below is a guide to the symptoms, treatment and commons questions relating to infections that may occur during childhood: ... read more »

Parvovirus B19 Infection During Pregnancy

Parvovirus B19 infection during pregnancy can affect the fetus and can lead to hydrops. ... read more »

Measles (Rubeola) Infection During Pregnancy

Measles (also known as Rubeola) is a viral disease that usually produces fever, cough, conjunctivitis and a red, bumpy rash, and a rash ("Koplik's spots") inside the cheeks. ... read more »

Congenital Hypotonia - Low Muscle Tone

Children born with hypotonia have low muscle tone and lower than average strength. Most children are not born with hypotonia, but develop it as a result of some other disorder or disease. ... read more »

Immune System Boost May Prevent HIV Infection in Infants

According to reports out of the Oregon Health and Science University, training the immune system to fend off HIV during the first hours after birth ... read more »

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