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Do Hospitals Test For HIV Before Surgery

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York: Lawrence Hospital Surgery Patients Warned of Possible Hepatitis, HIV Exposure

Ten surgery patients of Lawrence Hospital Center (LHC) in Bronxville are being notified of the need to get tested for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C due to improperly cleaned equipment. The state Department of Health said the hospital reported... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Montreal Hospital Begins HIV Testing Thousands of Child Patients Operated on by HIV-Positive Surgeon

A Montreal children's hospital by Saturday had already tested 400 former child patients and scheduled testing for 500 more who were operated on between 1990 and 2003 by a now-deceased surgeon whom the hospital administration recently learned was... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Singapore Hospitals Begin Testing Pregnant Women for HIV; 20% of Women at One Hospital Opt Out of Test

Singapore hospitals on Dec. 8 began voluntary HIV testing for pregnant women, but so far 20% of pregnant women at Kandang Kerbau Women's and Children's Hospital have opted out of testing, Singapore's Straits Times reports (Khalik, Straits Times... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Do they randomly test in hospitals

Hi before you undergo a surgery and right when they give you a blood test before surgery do hospitals test for HIV too or do you have to request it specifically?...
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
Some hospitals will offer you conselling and testing for an HIV test but it is not done routinely as part of a hospital admission. If you want to have a HIV test done, you should request your doctor to have it done with the appropriate counselling.... Read more »

hiv testing and surgery

Is it typical for doctors/hospitals to test for HIV before surgery, more specifically major surgery such as removing a a brain tumor or open heart surgery? thanks for looking didnt know where else to post and you seem to be universally competent....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Universally competent!?! Wow, now there's a compliment!!! Unfortunately, the answer isn't so straightforward. Different hospitals in different states and countries follow different guidelines and may have different policies and... Read more »

hiv test before emergency surgery

Do hospitals/doctors do tests on patients for emergency surgery or any type of heart surgery/angioplasty?...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,If you are asking if HIV tests are routinely done without the patient's knowledge or consent prior to emergency surgery, the answer would be no. I do wonder, however, why you would ask. Certainly it behooves everyone to know their HIV... Read more »

Risk of exposure in hospitals, hiv clinics etc.

Dear Dr. Bob, I had not been tested for HIV in about 10 years, so I went and got tested at my local AIDS clinic last week (thought it would be a good idea from previous unprotected sex, and it was negative). However, later that day I started getting...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,The chance of your acquiring HIV from the activities you describe is the same as my chance of becoming President, and having a Dick like Cheney as Vice, i.e. beyond nonexistent! End of story!Stay well. (Yes, you are indeed well.)Dr. Bob... Read more »
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HIV Testing and Surgery

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Was wondering if anyone out there knows whether it is standard hospital practice to test patients for HIV prior to major surgery. Thanx

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Surgery

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does a hospital test a person for HIV before major surgery and if so will they inform the patient if they are positve.

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I was born in 1984, at a hospital that later was

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
found to have used infected blood in transfusions. I was a premie, and had heath complications. I have type 0 blood. I was tested for HIV when I was somewhere between the age of 4 months and four years (my mom told me, but i've forgotten when).... Read more »

Naval Hospital Bethesda 1986

Posted by jpk, 1 Reply
I tested positive in May of 1986 and was transferred to Naval Hospital Bethesda for evaluation and treatment. I would like to hear from anybody else who was there during 1986-88.

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