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Untreated STI

Jenny, a 25yr old woman sex worker, was infected with an STI – gonorrhoea. She experienced signs and symptoms of the infection but didn’t seek treatment as she was ashamed and did not know what the symptoms meant.  She confided in her friends and family and they all advised her to visit the Marie Stopes Centre to seek medical attention but she ignored their counsel.

Shortly after she fell pregnant to one of her clients, she again ignored her friend’s and family’s advice to go for an antenatal check up. As a result, she gave birth to a 4kg baby girl that was severely infected with the gonorrhoea disease. The baby was covered in mucus and her eyes were swollen, inflamed and filled with pus. The baby was kept in intensive care for several weeks under treatment but she lost 70% of her vision in one eye due to the severity of the infection.

The baby has grown healthy and strong but sadly is partially blind. STI’s can be very dangerous if untreated, not only for the individual but, as in Jenny’s case, also for a pregnant mother’s unborn child.

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