International Group B Strep Throat Awareness Month

To help prevent the devastating effects of GBS, we’re joining the July campaign!

#startheGBSconversation

​WHAT IS GROUP B STREP?​

Group b strep (GBS) is a type of bacteria that is naturally found in the digestive and lower reproductive tracts of both men and women.

Almost 1 in 4 pregnant women carry GBS, the leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in newborns. That’s according to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

GBS can infect babies during pregnancy and the first few months of life.

Not all babies exposed to GBS become infected, but, for those who do, the results can be devastating.

GBS can cause premature labor, lifelong handicaps, or death. Even babies born to a mother who tests negative can become infected by group B strep.

There are many ways to help protect babies from group B strep.

Talk to your doctor if you’d like to get tested for GBS.