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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 8, Issue 3-4, Pages 155-157
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/S106474490000020X

Antenatal Marijuana Use Is Unrelated to Sexually Transmitted Infections During Pregnancy

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Louisiana State University, Health Sciences Center, 1542 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans 70112-2822, Louisiana, USA

Received 13 December 1999; Accepted 6 March 2000

Copyright © 2000 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Objective: This study evaluated the relationship between marijuana use and sexually transmitted diseases in pregnant women.

Methods: A retrospective review of clinic records over a 12-1/2 month period identified all women entering prenatal care. Eighty-six women using no illicit substance other than marijuana were compared to 441 drug-free women. The prevalence of gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B surface antigen, human papilloma virus, and herpes was ascertained.

Results: No significant differences were found in the prevalence of any single sexually transmitted disease between pregnant women who used marijuana and drug-free pregnant women. When the presence of one or more sexually transmitted disease was considered, again no difference was found.

Conclusion: Marijuana use was not associated with sexually transmitted disease in pregnant women. Infect. Dis. Obstet. Gynecol. 8:155–157, 2000.