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LATE PREGNANCY SCREENING FOR HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS

Steele, Russell W. MD

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: January 2011 - Volume 30 - Issue 1 - pp 72-74
doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e3181f1e704
Brief Reports

Three cases are presented of infants born to mothers who were screened and tested negative for HIV during their first trimesters. None of these pregnant women were retested late in their pregnancies, as they were not considered at high risk for HIV infection. All were found to be infected shortly after giving birth. Of the 3 infants, 2 developed HIV infection. These cases support a recommendation for late pregnancy HIV screening of all women.

From the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, Ochsner Children's Health Center and, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

Accepted for publication July 8, 2010.

Address for Correspondence: Russell W. Steele, MD, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, Ochsner Children's Health Center and, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA, 1315 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121. E-mail: RWSteele@aol.com.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.