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Pregnant Women And Aids Tests

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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Harare, Zimbabwe, Maternity Clinics Reportedly Conducting Compulsory HIV/AIDS Tests on Pregnant Women

"In a move that is likely to raise the ire of HIV/AIDS activists, maternity clinics in [Harare] are conducting compulsory HIV/AIDS tests on pregnant women before they can register for delivery," the Zimbabwean reports, adding, "Scores of pregnant... 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 »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Provider-Initiated HIV Testing Programs in Zimbabwe Increasing Number of Pregnant Women Seeking Testing, Counseling, Health Minister Says

An increasing number of women in Zimbabwe are receiving HIV tests and counseling as a result of the country's provider-initiated testing and counseling programs, Minister of Health and Child Welfare David Parirenyatwa said recently, The Herald ... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Hiv testing in pregnant women

Can a pregnancy throw a hiv test off in either direction? I heard it could. Please respond waiting for results ...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
The screening tests for HIV antibodies work as well to detect HIV infection in pregnant women as in non-pregnant individuals. One note, however, is that there can be a slight increase in false positive results on the ELISA tests during pregnancy --... Read more »

required hiv testing for pregnant women

What types of drug regimen for HIV positive pregnant women are there?...
Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Response from Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
There are many different drug regimens that can be used to prevent HIV transmission from mother to infant. Some of the more common regimens are AZT + 3TC, AZT + 3TC + nelfinavir, or AZT + 3TC + Nevirapine.BJ... Read more »

Help! Scared Pregnant Women with an Equivical HIV Test.

I had an HIV test as required for my pregnancy. The test came back equivical or basically a dud. My. Doctor said that it was not negative and it was not positive either. After talking to specialists, he decided not to repeat the Western Blot, which...
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
It is very important to know just what tests were performed and what the exact results were. I assume a screening antibody ELISA test was performed and based on those results a western blot was then performed. I can't comment on the... Read more »

Mandatory Testing for Pregnant Women

When we now know that today's medicines can prevent a child from being born with HIV, why are we not puruing mandatory testing? Knowing that civil rights of women are the common answer, is it not time in this new millenium to speak for the...
Sharon Lee, M.D.

Response from Sharon Lee, M.D.

University of Kansas Medical Center
What would your next step be? Would you also "mandate" that the woman take medicine to protect the child? Would you knock her out and place a stomach tube to force her to take the medicine? I am not sure who you are to believe that you... Read more »
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Need Help with test results... Pregnant Test

Posted by lookingtolearn, 2 Replies
Hello,

I asked this questions in the Ask the Experts area but received no response so I will try you helpful people.

My wife is pregnant and during her 10 week appointment did a routine HIV screening. The results were: Repeatedly Reactive Elisa,... Read more »

My wife is HIV+ and pregnant

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi,

At my wife's first pre-natal exam she was screened for HIV, and she tested positive. Saying this is a nightmare is an understatement.

I tested negative. Her first viral load came back at 1200, and CD4 is 680. The docs reccomnened meds to reduce... Read more »

How best to ask women to get tested?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Since condoms are not 100% effective for preventing HIV transmission (and other fluid transfers are also a problem), it seems apropos to ask one's partner to get tested with you for AIDS, before having sex.

Even before kissing, if one of you... Read more »

Pregnant and False- positive

Posted by pregnant2009, 3 Replies
I am 9month pregnant and two weeks ago my Ob doctor ordered me a HIV test. Last week the result came in and it was positive. Then he took my blood again to confirm.
I was shocked by the result. I didn't know whether the new born baby will be... Read more »