Ann Kurth has an MPH in Population and Family Health from Columbia University and is a full-time graduate student of nurse-midwifery at the Yale School of Nursing. She is the research director of the Dixwell Preventive Health Program, a community-based AIDS education program in New Haven, Connecticut.
A CONTEXT FOR HIV TESTING IN PREGNANCY
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
1989 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 34, Issue 5, pages 259–266, September-October 1989
How to Cite
Kurth, A. and Hutchison, M. (1989), A CONTEXT FOR HIV TESTING IN PREGNANCY. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 34: 259–266. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(89)90109-2
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
The use of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) antibody test for women of child-bearing age is discussed. Serological tests used to determine HIV status are reviewed. Practitioners should be aware of the legal and ethical issues involved in testing. Psychological responses to knowledge of test results are considered. The goal of the counseling session is to provide sufficient information for the woman to make an informed decision about reproductive choices. The format and content of pre- and post-test sessions are outlined, and checklists that may assist the practitioner in post-test counseling appear in the Appendixes.