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when should i get an hiv test while pregnant?

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Dr. Casey Younkin
38 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
At first visit: The HIV (aids) test should be done as a routine test with the blood that is drawn at the first prenatal visit.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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Dr. Kristina McCaughtry
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
If you have concerns that you could have contracted HIV recently, you may need to talk to your doctor and repeat the test later in pregnancy
Dec 5, 2011
Dr. David Rosenthal
21 years experience Allergy and Immunology
HIV Testing: The first HIV (aids) test should be done at the 1st visit you have bloodwork drawn, but if you are concerned at any time that you may have contracted hiv, you can request a lab test at that time. When pregnant if you have any risk of being exposed to hiv, its critically important that you tell your physician and get tested as soon as possible.
Answered on May 26, 2016
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Dr. John Leander Po
18 years experience Infectious Disease
Right now!: Assuming you are pregnant and haven't been tested yet. If anything, couples attempting to have a child should consider testing prior to such an attempt. The HIV screening test used in many places are more accurate prior to pregnancy (when a "false positive" antibody test can occur). With earlier detection, initiation of anti-retroviral therapy will prevent infant infection.
Answered on Sep 30, 2020
Dr. J. Yusuf Erskine
32 years experience Holistic Medicine
Now! If not done yet: First prenatal is the rule.
Answered on Apr 30, 2012
Dr. Daniel Lee
26 years experience Internal Medicine
As soon as possible: Every woman should always get an HIV test when she is found to be pregnant. Hiv medications can be started to treat the infection such that the risk of transmission of HIV to the baby is significantly reduced.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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At the 1st: Prenatal visit and again in the 3rd trimester.

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