How to achieve a healthy pregnancy with HIV

March 27, 2015 4:52 PM

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Since 2008, pregnant women in the United States have been required to undergo screening for HIV as part of their routine prenatal care. The screening, implemented by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), should be done as early in the pregnancy as possible, and again when the patient reaches the third trimester.

It is important for the physician to discuss with the patient the significance of the testing and the benefits that come from being tested early, which include treatments available to prevent perinatal transmission of HIV. One of the many reasons that it is necessary to test the patient again in the...

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