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HIV Screening in Pregnancy

Recommended routine HIV screening in pregnancy for women

Pregnant women should be offered an HIV test along with their first antenatal blood tests.  Women have the option to decline the test.

Most pregnant women with HIV are unaware they have the infection; an HIV test is the only way to tell. HIV virus can be passed onto others, including your unborn baby.

Treatment in pregnancy reduces the risk of the HIV virus being passed to the baby from 30% to less than 1%.

Further information can be found in the Ministry of Health leaflets which can be downloaded from the links below.

Downloads for HIV Testing in Pregnancy Leaflets - Ministry of Health:

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