The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol

Policy And Procedure Hiv Labor And Delivery

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Rapid Point-of-Care Testing for HIV-1 During Labor and Delivery -- Chicago, Illinois, 2002

On November 7, 2002, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the OraQuick Rapid HIV-1 Antibody Test (OraSure Technologies, Inc., Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) 1 . Rapid human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing during labor and delivery... Read more »
AIDS United

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Approves HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act

On Wednesday, March 20, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee met for a markup of the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act (S.330), ultimately approving the bipartisan bill that would lift a federal ban on the donation of... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

American Academy of Pediatrics to Review Policy on Male Circumcision After Studies Find Procedure Reduces Men's HIV Infection Risk

The American Academy of Pediatrics is reviewing its neutral policy on male circumcision following three recent studies in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa that found the procedure could reduce a man's risk of HIV infection, AAP President Jay... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Possible Transmission to Nurse in Labor and Delivery

I am a nurse in a labor and delivery unit. I was taking care of an HIV positive patient who refused medication during her pregnancy because she did not believe she had HIV (they are from the Congo). In preparation for the section we were able to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,From your description of the events, I would agree with the assessment of the occupational health physician. In situations like this where an exposure is "not likely," certainly PEP is not warranted. HIV testing may or may not be... Read more »

Labor and delivery options

I am about to give birth to my fourth child since I contracted HIV 14 years ago. I'm obviously no stranger to this process. I've always been extremely healthy and so my first three children were delivered naturally. My husband (who is...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,You should discuss this issue with your HIV specialist. Elective caesarian section is often recommended to reduce the risk of HIV transmission to the infant during childbirth. More recent studies have suggested it is only necessary if the... Read more »

7 mo pregnant,HIV+ and worried about delivery

I have a few questions regarding delivery of my child and prevention of transmission. I am HIV+, T4=700 & viral load was 3,000 at beginning of pregnancy but is currently nondetectable. I am scheduled for a c-section but am at risk for premature...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
The risk of transmission when the mother's HIV-1 RNA is undetectable (<400 copies/ml) is very low (<1%). Available data suggest that caesarean section will add little to preventing mother-to-child transmission in women with RNA < 400.... Read more »

Restrictions and policy for HIV + nursing graduate

I am an HIV+ 2005 nursing graduate in Tennessee. I find that different institutions have varied regulations on HIV+ nurses. Is there a government regulation or document on the of safe delivery of patient care, disclosure of HIV+ nurses, and what...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
Every hospital board sets its own policy regarding employees who have bloodborne pathogens--thank heavens! Imagine what it would look like if legislators wrote it. Could be a train wreck. There are OSHA standards on safe delivery of patient care.... Read more »
Connect With Others

Hiv+ & Preg 2nd time, doubts on method delivery

Posted by MoonDreamer, 2 Replies
I'm pregnant with my second child, which was planned, and while my first was a c-section now I have the option of a vaginal birth. I really would love to try it this time and was going to fight my doc about it but he surprised me by saying he is... Read more »

Army HIV Policies and Procedures as of 7/15/2005

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Greetings! I have found actual policy information concerning HIV from the Army. You must have Acrobat Reader to view. You may go to the link:

The pdf's title is Army Regulation 600-110 - Identification,... Read more »

Marine Corps Policies and Procedures for HIV 6/11/1991

Posted by Anonymous
Greetings! I have found actual policy information concerning HIV from the Marines Corps. You must have Acrobat Reader to view. You may go to the link: Read more »

discrimination in the delivery room?

Posted by megjemima, 3 Replies
I have been positive for over 10 years. Now I am pregnant and in my first trimester (yay!). My doctors have been very supportive.

Over the years, I have had good doctors and bad. However I fear discrimination in the delivery room. In my experience... Read more »