Do Doctors Test Pregnant Women For Hiv

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...counseling and testing during pregnancy. Many of the perinatal HIV infections each year can be attributed to the lack of timely HIV testing and treatment of pregnant women. However, the antibody test may not be sufficient for a pregnant woman who has had known recent exposure to HIV. In such cases, a viral load test that tests for the actual virus (rather than antibodies) may be ordered by a physician to help the woman make more informed...
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Dear Doctor! How low can a pregnant woman's T Cell count go and still be considered normal. Would you be concerned about a T cell count of 580 in a pregnant female. How likely is it that one can receive a false positive HIV test and Western Blot...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...I don't think we know the answer to your first question, because it is not the standard to measure T cells in pregnant women who are not infected with HIV. A false positive is possible on a screening HIV antibody test, but extremely unlikely on a... Read more »

HIV testing

If a female were to become pregnant, but seek an abortion. Would she have to first see a doctor to prove that she is actually pregnant first? And if so, do doctors always recommend an HIV test along with other blood tests? Would the doctor still...
Sharon Lee, M.D.

Response from Sharon Lee, M.D.

University of Kansas Medical Center
...abortion without first assuring the woman was pregnant through a pregnancy test. Although HIV testing is recommended for all pregnant women, it is not required. I am sorry to say that there are some docs who do not routinely offer the HIV test to... Read more »

Pregnancy and HIV

Dear Doctor, Could you please tell me whether it is now standard practice for pregnant women to be tested for HIV, ie. is HIV one of the test included in the standard prenatal blood test given to pregnant women. If a woman tests positive, what is...
Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

Response from Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

University of Utah, School of Medicine
...recommended that all pregnant women be offered an HIV test. However, it is still all too common for doctors not to mention it to a pregnant woman. In most states, you must sign a separate consent to be tested. If you were not told you were being... Read more »

can i be infected

i had unprotected sex and got pregnant, my doctor ran the all the test needed, however i dont know if an hiv test was taken. i was too afraid to ask. since then i have a healthey baby who is know five months old; and did not have sex since. can i be...
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
...Most doctors offer HIV testing to all pregnant women. You would have had to sign a consent if you live in the US. You should just ask your doctor. There is no reason to be afraid. Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Georgia Gov. Perdue Signs Bill That Would Require Doctors to Offer Pregnant Women HIV Tests

...Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) on Thursday signed into law a bill ( HB 429 ) that would require doctors in the state to offer pregnant womenHIV tests, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports ( Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 5/18). The bill,... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

California Gov. Davis Undecided on Whether to Sign Bill Requiring Physicians to Offer HIV Testing to Pregnant Women

...HIV/AIDS Report , 9/15). Davis last year vetoed a similar measure that would have allowed doctors to perform an HIV test on a pregnant woman unless she specifically refused. Davis said that he vetoed the bill because he was concerned that... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Facing Deadline, Nevada Lawmakers Pass Proposal to Require HIV Tests for Pregnant Women

... Among other actions Thursday, the Nevada Assembly approved SB 266, which requires doctors to offer pregnant women an HIV test as part of prenatal care. Back to other news for May 2007 Search the Newsroom archive Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Kansas House Committee Approves Bill That Would Require HIV Testing Among Pregnant Women

...Kansas House Committee on Health and Human Services last week approved a bill (S.B. 147) that would require doctors to test pregnant women and some infants for HIV, the Kansas Health Institute News reports. Committee chair Rep. Brenda... Read more »
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