Some Ob-Gyns Unaware of State Requirements for Recommending HIV Tests, Survey Says
November 20, 2007
Although almost all ob-gyns recommend HIV testing to all their pregnant patients, some are unclear about state requirements for recommending tests, according to a survey published in the November edition of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reuters reports. The survey also found that 48% ob-gyns use CDC's recommended opt-out strategy for HIV testing.
Fifty-seven percent reported following their state's mandated HIV testing approach, while 43% reported using an approach not consistent with their state's regulation. Nearly one-third of ob-gyns said they did not know if their state required HIV testing during pregnancy. Nearly 74% reported that they provide pretest counseling before HIV testing and about 85% said they provide post-test counseling, the survey found.
"The results of this study suggest that obstetrician-gynecologists may benefit from additional information that could improve their knowledge and practice regarding HIV screening," the investigators wrote. Researchers distributed 1,032 questionnaires for the survey (Reuters, 11/16).
The abstract of the survey is available online.
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.