July is Group B Strep Awareness month. Help us raise awareness for a simple test that helps save lives.
Taking a look at the Group B Strep Support Website provides a detailed and informative resource for information on group B Strep. We’ve pulled some summary information together here to help spread the word.
What is Group B Strep?
“Carrying GBS is perfectly normal and natural. GBS bacteria are part of the normal gut flora in up to a third of people (men and women), and colonise the vagina in 20-25% of women. Carrying GBS is not associated with any health risks or symptoms to the carrier. GBS can be passed from one person to another through sexual activity, but it is not a sexually transmitted disease, and is also carried by people who have had no sexual contact’.
Why is it important to know about in pregnancy?
How do I get Tested if my local NHS trust can’t offer the service?
“If your trust does not offer the Group B ECM test, it is available privately from around £35 per test for a home-testing pack.
The cost of the test pack, processing the swabs and sending you the results is approximately £35.
You can watch a YouTube video about self-testing here.
You can obtain your ECM GBS test pack by contacting the laboratories on the Group B support website