Serosurvey of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection in Parturients
Minkoff, Howard L.
JAMA. 1987 Nov 20; 258(19): 2701-2703.
The authors were interested in determining the prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) seropositivity in childbearing women from a population with a high incidence of AIDS. They collected cord blood samples from 602 newborns delivered at Brooklyn's Kings County Hospital Center, a facility serving an inner-city minority population. Twelve of the samples tested positive for HIV. In interviews, seven of the seropositive mothers revealed risk factors for AIDS, while five had no self-identified risk factors. The authors conclude that HIV infection of women of childbearing age in the inner cities is prevalent enough to justify offering HIV testing to all pregnant women in these areas. They suggest that hospitals throughout the country conduct serosurveys and use the information obtained to create counseling and testing programs for women of childbearing age. (KIE abstract)
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