Chlamydia, Group B Streptococcus, and Herpes in Pregnancy


  • Richard L. Sweet M.D.

    1. Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, and Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, San Francisco General Hospital.
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ABSTRACT: This is a review of three sexually transmitted diseases which can affect pregnancy and the newborn. Maternal chlamydia may cause neonatal conjunctivitis and pneumonia. More severe is group B streptococcus, which can cause fatal infection in the newborn and severe perinatal infections in the mother. Primary herpes infections may result in fetal malformations, abortions, and premature labor, while neonatal herpes may cause death or severe neurologic and ocular sequelae.