It's now known that nearly 100% percent of cases of cervical cancer occur in women infected by the human papillomavirus or HPV. While this virus is quite common, having it significantly raises your risk of developing cervical cancer. If you have ever been diagnosed with HPV, it is particularly important for you to have regular Pap smears. Your health care provider will tell you how often you need to been examined.
Pregnant women with STDs face a significant risk that their babies could experience infant death or be disabled. Sexually transmitted diseases may be passed between mother and baby. The particular STD the mother has may be the cause of death in some infants, while other babies are born with severe health problems.
STD information. CDC.gov. http://www.cdc.gov/std/general/. Accessed 08/24/09.