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If you are/were pregnant, do you HIV test?

Pacific PoppyPacific Poppy Posts: 253Registered Users
I was reading this article about HIV testing for pregnant women:

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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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  • ~915~~915~ Posts: 519Registered Users
    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?!
  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    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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  • wavezncurlzwavezncurlz Posts: 1,814Registered Users
    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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  • FidoGwenFidoGwen Posts: 92Registered Users
    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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  • three rivers curlythree rivers curly Posts: 994Registered Users
    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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  • EnricaEnrica Posts: 86Registered Users
    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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  • Aphro-DeeziacAphro-Deeziac Posts: 983Registered Users
    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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  • geminigemini Posts: 3,325Registered Users
    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.
  • Aphro-DeeziacAphro-Deeziac Posts: 983Registered Users
    and even if you dont get tested, they always test the baby
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  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,780Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    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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  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    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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  • loosecurlsloosecurls Posts: 637Registered Users
    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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  • geekygeeky Posts: 4,995Registered Users
    I had it done routinely also when I was pregnant. I don't see why you wouldn't.
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  • three rivers curlythree rivers curly Posts: 994Registered Users
    Enrica wrote:
    (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 :wink: :lol: .
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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    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.
  • goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
    Amneris wrote:
    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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  • coilylocscoilylocs Posts: 16Registered Users
    Amneris wrote:
    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.
  • M2LRM2LR Posts: 8,630Registered Users
    medussa wrote:
    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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  • marielle448marielle448 Posts: 1,823Registered Users
    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.
  • ~915~~915~ Posts: 519Registered Users
    My fear was related to what one of the other posters mentioned. Unsafe sex isn't the only way to contract the virus. What if I had a cut on my finger and got bled on by someone with the virus? What if I've had an HIV positive dental hygenist and didn't know it? You never know.
  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,780Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    My fear was related to what one of the other posters mentioned. Unsafe sex isn't the only way to contract the virus. What if I had a cut on my finger and got bled on by someone with the virus? What if I've had an HIV positive dental hygenist and didn't know it? You never know.

    I think thats a great point, and a one alot of people don't consider. Although very unlikely to happen, I would definatly want to know for my childs sake and the Drs & Nurses who would treat us!
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  • dia99dia99 Posts: 1,998Registered Users
    I don't think I was asked to give one, but I could have been? But, I give blood regularly, and your blood is tested for that. If you did have it, you would be notified that way, too.

    I know my husband and I didn't have it when we got married, and don't have it six years later (he gives blood, too), so I wouldn't take it because I was worried about being positive, I'm just a "rules' type of girl. If they wanted me to take the test, I wouldn't have a problem doing it.
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  • Pacific PoppyPacific Poppy Posts: 253Registered Users
    Wow, lots of cool replies!

    When I got tested, it was for the sake of my baby and the hospital staff. I wanted to do that so it outweighed other feelings, but I did have some.

    Dh and I got tested before we hooked up, and I was sure we had both been faithful, but still I was a little.... uncomfortable. I think its that little nagging fear someone mentioned, thinking back about cuts I had gotten in public places, squishing a mosquito already filled with someone else's blood, that sort of thing.

    I can't think of any other kind of medical test that would make me feel like that, though, so there must be a social taboo factor too.
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  • mad scientistmad scientist Posts: 3,530Registered Users
    I had it done for piece of mind - when they are already taking 7 vials of blood, another one doesn't really warrant mentioning.

    My husband is a surgeon and has been stuck a few times, much to my horror. I'd like him and his colleagues to be as knowledgeable as possible as to what they are dealing with everytime they treat a patient. We live in a city with a high HIV rate.
  • MarMar Posts: 3,003Registered Users
    No-at that time it was not an issue
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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    coilylocs wrote:
    Amneris wrote:
    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.

    true...but neither of us has used IV drugs either so as I say, there'd be no point, and I wouldn't want to waste mine or anyone's time.
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  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,780Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Amneris wrote:
    true...but neither of us has used IV drugs either so as I say, there'd be no point, and I wouldn't want to waste mine or anyone's time.

    You do realise there are other ways to contract AIDS right? Besides sex and drug use?
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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    Amneris wrote:
    true...but neither of us has used IV drugs either so as I say, there'd be no point, and I wouldn't want to waste mine or anyone's time.

    You do realise there are other ways to contract AIDS right? Besides sex and drug use?

    I forgot blood transfusions, which neither of us has had.

    According to this list /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.avert.org%2Fhowcan.htm" class="Popup neither of us is at risk at all.

    ETA: I guess if it's such a big deal to the doctors sure, go ahead, do the test... but they'd be wasting their time.
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  • Oregano  (formerly babywavy)Oregano (formerly babywavy) Posts: 5,297Registered Users
    A waste of time? Trust? Not at risk? There isn't an excuse that's good enough. It should just be mandatory. Why rely on what you think is true when you can have the piece of mind that comes w/ being tested.
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  • coilylocscoilylocs Posts: 16Registered Users
    Amneris wrote:
    Amneris wrote:
    true...but neither of us has used IV drugs either so as I say, there'd be no point, and I wouldn't want to waste mine or anyone's time.

    You do realise there are other ways to contract AIDS right? Besides sex and drug use?

    I forgot blood transfusions, which neither of us has had.

    According to this list /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.avert.org%2Fhowcan.htm" class="Popup neither of us is at risk at all.

    ETA: I guess if it's such a big deal to the doctors sure, go ahead, do the test... but they'd be wasting their time.

    HIV tests are literally 20 minutes for results these days...so nobody's time would be wasted. I think anyone who is sexually active, MARRIED or NOT, in this day and age, should be tested for HIV. For one, you can only control yourself, you can't control what another human being does or has happen to them. Your spouse could contract HIV unbeknownst to them. So getting an HIV test should be a routine part of the blood-work done in your yearly physical. Now that aside, once you're pregnant, one would hope you (in general) think of your future child, and also get tested just for the sake of everyone involved.
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