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Acta Paediatr Suppl. 1997 Jun;421:65-6.

Identification of HIV infection in pregnancy: another era.

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  • 1Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, Geneva, Switzerland.


In order to be successfully implemented, some interventions to prevent vertical transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) will require prior identification of HIV-infected women. The testing and counselling of pregnant women should therefore be promoted. Promoting testing and counselling within prenatal clinics would be a good strategy; however, additional data on the social and economic implications of HIV testing are needed to demonstrate the relevance of such a strategy. Promotion of testing and counselling should be developed in collaboration with community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations and people living with HIV, in order to increase the involvement and understanding of the community at large.

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