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Old 07-04-2005, 09:32 PM   #1
 
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Default If you are/were pregnant, do you HIV test?

I was reading this article about HIV testing for pregnant women:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/APW...D8B4TJ6G0.html

I was surprised since my midwifes include an HIV test in the regular testing line up, although they do have an additional consent form. I can't imagine not getting this. Even if you are sure there is no chance you could have HIV, wouldn't you want to get this test out of respect for the people helping you give birth? They are probably going to get your blood on them, it seems only polite to let them know what they are dealing with.

I don't understand why there is such a stigma about a test that could eventually save your baby's life, and put your doctor and nurses at ease....
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Old 07-04-2005, 10:12 PM   #2
 
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When I was pregnant, the doctors added the test to the list of other blood tests that I needed to take. I have always had an HIV test done annually, along with my regular exam, so I didn't bat an eyelash at the request. (I've never been at high risk, I'm just paranoid.)

Along with the reasons that you stated, it is also very important because the care for the newborn will be different if the mother is HIV positive. Breastfeeding, for example, is contraindicated to the mother's positive HIV status.

My mom was a neonatal nurse in a General Hospital. She said that they had lots of non-English speaking mothers giving birth without prenatal care of any kind. The doctors didn't know the mother's HIV status or if she was otherwise healthy. They knew even less about the infant, like if it was full-term or not. Can you imagine?!
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Old 07-04-2005, 10:29 PM   #3
 
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No... I wouldn't need one since my husband and I were both virgins until we got married and we trust that neither has broken our vows, so there'd be no point.
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I am pregnant and I did not have a choice but to take the test. It was part of my routine blood tests taken on my first visit. It did not bother me though. I am not at high risk but it only takes once. I would want the best care for my child and if knowing my status helps, I'm all for it.
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Old 07-05-2005, 01:57 AM   #5
 
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My vote is spilt between yes and I don't know.
Should I? Yes.
Would I really want to? Not at all.
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Old 07-05-2005, 05:15 AM   #6
 
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I think it is automatic in most situations now. So many people lie, or are unaware that they could have contracted it that they test anyway. Personally, I say if it could help protect the baby, or at the very least make the attending physician feel better about the care given - then by all means - and I am a total needle phobe.
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I'm with Three Rivers Curly, I was certain this was a routine screen now. I can't understand why anyone active during the dawn of HIV/AIDS and beyond wouldn't. Half the problem is people not knowing they have the disease since it can lie undetectable for awhile.

(Getting pregnant cured me of any needle phobia I might have had. It was either suck it up or hyperventilate everytime -- couldn't be good for the baby )
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I am pregnant and I did not have a choice but to take the test. It was part of my routine blood tests taken on my first visit. It did not bother me though. I am not at high risk but it only takes once. I would want the best care for my child and if knowing my status helps, I'm all for it.
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Old 07-05-2005, 06:09 AM   #9
 
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I had it done with the other blood tests, but I did have to sign a consent form. This was not really an issue for m e, since I had teh HIV test done when I was in the Army and am very low risk. It's good to get just in case though.
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and even if you dont get tested, they always test the baby
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I think it is automatic in most situations now. So many people lie, or are unaware that they could have contracted it that they test anyway. Personally, I say if it could help protect the baby, or at the very least make the attending physician feel better about the care given - then by all means - and I am a total needle phobe.
Totally agree. I had to have one regualarly when I was on the ship as part of my medical...definatly no biggie. I really can't understand why someone wouldn't?
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Old 07-05-2005, 06:34 AM   #12
 
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I got a test last year due to a cheating boyfriend so, yeah, I wouldn't have a problem getting one if I were pregnant.
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I had it done when I was pregnant w/ Bets even though I knew I was okay & DH was okay (being military he's tested regularly). I figured they were already taking 6 vials of blood that day so what was one more??
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I had it done routinely also when I was pregnant. I don't see why you wouldn't.
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(Getting pregnant cured me of any needle phobia I might have had. It was either suck it up or hyperventilate everytime -- couldn't be good for the baby )
Somehow, I didn't have a problem with needles when it came time for the drugs during contractions .
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The test is no more invasive than your routine blood test. I don't understand why there would be a problem with getting the test done. Even though I knew there was no way I was HIV positive, I never hesitated at getting it done. It was simply something that was part of my prenatal workup.
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No... I wouldn't need one since my husband and I were both virgins until we got married and we trust that neither has broken our vows, so there'd be no point.
You and your husband know in your case, but do you know how many times medical professionals are told that and it's not true? It's good information for them to know for certain.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being tested. Give your doctor and nurses peace of mind, IMO.
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No... I wouldn't need one since my husband and I were both virgins until we got married and we trust that neither has broken our vows, so there'd be no point.
You and your husband know in your case, but do you know how many times medical professionals are told that and it's not true? It's good information for them to know for certain.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being tested. Give your doctor and nurses peace of mind, IMO.
Amneris and Goldencurly, sexual transmission is not the only way HIV is transmitted. So being a virgin and not breaking vows has nothing to do with anything. It's better to KNOW than to assume, no matter how wonderful you think your relationship is.
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The test is no more invasive than your routine blood test. I don't understand why there would be a problem with getting the test done. Even though I knew there was no way I was HIV positive, I never hesitated at getting it done. It was simply something that was part of my prenatal workup.
It was part of mine as well. And they do it now, because if caught early enough, they can actually give you drugs/inhibitors to PREVENT the virus from going to the baby.

I am going to GUESS that people would have a problem with getting an HIV test because they A) don't want to hear that they have it, B) if they are faithful, it must mean that their partner wasn't, C) that they aren't practicing safe sex or didn't in the past. All of these assumptions can make people feel like their privacy is being nterfered with. AGAIN, just ASSUMING. My HIV tests were part of my prenatal blood work up...and ONLY my doctor can tell me the results of that test. No one else even has access to it.
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Old 07-05-2005, 10:15 AM   #20
 
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It's not routine with my midwife but I consented. I knew there was no chance (had never even had surgery in my life) but I saw it as a peace of mind sort of thing.
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