Sunday, July 24, 2005

Panel Recommends HIV Testing for all Pregnant Women

A panel of authors looked at the existing data on "screening, risk factor assessment, accuracy of testing, follow-up testing, and efficacy of interventions." The authors conclude that, in part because there are now accurate HIV tests and effective treatments for reducing transmission to babies, and because many women underestimate their risk factors, all women should be tested during pregnancy. They cite data indicating that in 2000, 40% of HIV infected infants were born to women who did not know they had the infection prior to delivery.

The article is available here, and a CNN.com article summarizing the piece is available here.

Links to several web resources on HIV and pregnancy are provided at this MedlinePlus page.
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