Double Protection

Used to protect pregnant women against malaria, the drug sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine, or SP, may also safeguard them against adverse birth outcomes caused by curable sexually transmitted and reproductive tract infections.
 
study published this month examined 1,086 rural Zambian women who had been given the drug. Those who had 2 or more doses were 94% less likely to have gonorrhea or chlamydia and 66% less likely to have trichomoniasis or bacterial vaginosis than women who received fewer doses.
 
Women’s chances of having birth complications, such as stillbirth or preterm delivery, dropped 45% with 2 or more doses of SP.
 
Source: The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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