A 26-year-old male asked:
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can i check gbs with blood i'm 28 w ? if positive for blood my fetus can infectious?

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Dr. Anita Sinha
16 years experience Pediatrics
Not typically: GBS is tested as a vaginal swab close to the time of delivery. Although there is some risk of infection this can be reduced by antibiotic treatment during delivery. Later onset of infection to baby is still possible however.
Answered on Dec 31, 2016
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Dr. Brian Nguyen
10 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not until 35wks: All pregnant women should get tested for GBS, group B streptococcus, at 35wks. It's not an infection; just colonizes the vagina. If it gets onto your baby as it passes through the birth canal, it can lead to sepsis (whole body infection) -- so if you have it and you're going into labor, you HAVE to be at a hospital to get IV antibiotics (PCN). Can't do anything about it before labor. No symptoms.
Answered on May 31, 2015

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