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Can I Get Sick From Unprotected Sex with A Pregnant Woman?

Published: July 09, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Can I get sick after having unprotected sex with a 2 weeks pregnant women carrying another man's baby?
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Dear Can I Get Sick From Unprotected Sex with a Pregnant Woman?,

You will not get sick from having unprotected sex with a pregnant woman who is carrying another man’s child just because she is carrying another man’s child. However, by having unprotected sex you do put yourself at risk for the transmission of STDs. Sexually transmitted diseases are passed on between people through sexual contact and can be transmitted to anyone who is sexually active regardless of age, gender, race, or even pregnancy status. The more partners you have had, and the more partners your partners have had, definitely increase the risk of STD transmission. And the risk of STD transmission is significantly increased by having unprotected sex rather than using condoms.

Not all STDs have immediate symptoms. You cannot necessarily tell just by looking at someone whether they have one or not. A person may not even realize they are carrying an STD because they are not yet symptomatic. Given you had unprotected sex and you may not know whether this woman has an STD or not, TeenHealthFX recommends you speak to a doctor about STD testing.

When you meet with your doctor, FX would also recommend speaking to him/her about safer sex practices for the future. Ideally, it is best to have sex with someone when you are both in a committed, monogamous relationship with one another. If you are unsure of your STD status or the status of your partner, you could also consider both of you getting tested prior to starting a sexual relationship with one another. And condoms should always be used to prevent the transmission of STDs, as well as unwanted pregnancies.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. A Planned Parenthood health center is a good option if you have concerns about cost or confidentiality issues. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

FX also suggests that you check out the links in our Resource of the Month: Planned Parenthood Resources on Safer Sex so that you can learn about sexual readiness, how pregnancy happens, pregnancy tests, emergency contraception, birth control, STDs and more. The more educated you are about these topics, the more likely you will make healthy decisions for yourself when it comes to your sexual health.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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