Is Routine HIV Testing for Pregnant Women a Good Idea?
The Canadian Medical Association and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada recommends that HIV testing and counselling be offered to all pregnant women, with their informed consent.
The development of antiretroviral drug therapies and the success of the drug AZT in reducing the rate of mother-to-child HIV transmission from 25% to 8% has resulted in calls for increased testing of pregnant women in Canada. AZT is administered to the woman during pregnancy, labour and delivery and to the newborn for the first 6 weeks.
According to Tasha Yovetich, manager of National Programs at the Canadian AIDS Society, HIV testing for pregnant women varies across Canada. …
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Publication information: Article title: Is Routine HIV Testing for Pregnant Women a Good Idea?. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: Herizons. Volume: 13. Issue: 1 Publication date: Spring 1999. Page number: 10. © 2008 Herizons Magazine, Inc. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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