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Testing Women for Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection: Who, When, and How?

CLARK, JILL MPH* †; LAMPE, MARGARET A. RN, MPH; JAMIESON, DENISE J. MD, MPH

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: September 2008 - Volume 51 - Issue 3 - pp 507-517
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181809263
New Antibiotics and Vaccines in Obstetric Practice

Obstetrician-gynecologists provide comprehensive primary and preventive care for women and are ideally suited to provide human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening for their patients. This paper provides a summary and rationale for the current recommendations for HIV testing among women in the United States, emphasizing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. A summary and rationale for current recommendations for HIV testing among women in the United States, emphasizing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is presented. Who should receive HIV testing, when and how often testing should be conducted, and how testing should be offered are discussed. These recommendations are described separately for general populations (including nonpregnant women) and for pregnant women and their infants.

*Northrop Grumman Information Technology

Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Division of Reproductive Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC, Atlanta, Georgia

Correspondence: Jill Clark, MPH, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108. E-mail: jill.clark@state.ma.us

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.