Pregnancy & Birth Magazine According surveyed 1,000 pregnant women and new mothers about GBS. The key results are :
- Nine out of 10 have ‘never heard of Group B Strep’ (87%) and of the few that have heard of it, TWO-THIRDS have ‘no idea how dangerous this infection can be’ (67%).
- Most of the 13% who had heard about Group B Strep ‘found out by chance’ on the internet.
- At present, NO test is given on the NHS and the only reliable test costs £32 privately. An overwhelming 92% of pregnant women surveyed say they would pay to have this test if they knew about it, although 40% of these say they ‘can’t really afford it’
- 100% of survey respondents say the they ‘would have the test if it was available on the NHS’
More details can be found in this press release from the magazine.