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Rapid Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing on Labor and Delivery

Rahangdale, Lisa MD, MPH1; Cohan, Deborah MD, MPH2

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e31817d4557
In the Trenches

Managing a positive rapid human immunodeficiency virus test in labor can be challenging, but with appropriate intervention, obstetricians can have a significant effect on the long-term health of an human immunodeficiency virus–infected woman and her newborn.

From the 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California; and 2Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, California.

Dr. Rahangdale is a Women's Reproductive Health Research Scholar (NIH K-12 series) in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University Medical Center and has completed a fellowship in Reproductive Infectious Disease. She is the Regional Perinatal Project Director for Northern California Pacific AIDS Education Training Centers. Dr. Cohan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences at San Francisco General Hospital. She is the Director of Bay Area Perinatal AIDS Center and Assistant Director of the National HIV/AIDS Consultation Center's Perinatal HIV Consultation and Referral Service.

Address correspondence to Consultant Editor for Clinical Case Series: Ingrid Nygaard, MD, MS, University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 30 North 1900 East, Room 2B200, Salt Lake City, UT 84132; e-mail:

Financial Disclosure Dr. Cohan has received funding from Pfizer (New York, NY) to conduct an investigator-initiated research project on HIV testing. The other author has no potential conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2008 The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists