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When should I get an HIV test while pregnant?

24 doctors weighed in
Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics & Gynecology
12 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Casey Younkin
Dr. Casey Younkin
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Dr. Kristina McCaughtry
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
Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Daniel Lee
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Daniel Lee
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Dr. J. Yusuf Erskine
Holistic Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Now! If not done yet

First prenatal is the rule.

In brief: Now! If not done yet

First prenatal is the rule.
Dr. J. Yusuf Erskine
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Dr. David Rosenthal
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. David Rosenthal
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