Review of HIV Screening in Hospital Labor and Deliveries

In order to estimate prenatal HIV screening rates prior to and on admission to labor and delivery as well as review hospital policies around these practices, researchers conducted a survey of hospitals and maternal/infant medical records in 2006.  At that time, only 36% of hospitals had a policy to test women with an undocumented HIV status and policies around HIV screening were less prevalent that for hepatitis B screening.  African American and Hispanic women were more likely to be tested than white women and those presenting without a known status were more likely to be tested in those institutions with testing policies.


Fitz Harris LF, Taylor AW, Zhang F, Borkowf CB, Arthur BC, Jacques-Carroll L, Wang SA, Nesheim SR. Factors associated with human immunodeficiency virus screening of women during pregnancy, labor and delivery, United States, 2005-2006. Matern Child Health J. 2014 Apr;18(3):648-56.



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