Int Conf AIDS. 1989 Jun 4-9;5:481 (abstract no. B.504). Unique
OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that women receiving no prenatal care
represent a higher risk group for HIV infection than those who receive
regular care at an urban hospital serving primarily indigent patients
(Charity Hospital [CH]). METHODS: All women presenting to the
obstetrical clinics of CH are offered HIV testing and pre/post test
counseling (group I). Between 5-10% of deliveries each month at CH are
among women who have not received any prenatal care (group II).
Beginning 10/1/88 all such women were offered the test during their
hospitalization accompanied by pre/post test counseling. All specimens
were screened using EIA, with confirmation by Western Blot (WB).
RESULTS: Ninety-eight percent of women in group I and 100% of women in
group II consented to HIV testing. TABULAR DATA, SEE ABSTRACT VOLUME.
CONCLUSION: In this area where the overall seroprevalence of HIV in
pregnant women is low, being outside the health care system is not
reflective of being in a higher risk group.
Female Hospitals, Urban Human HIV Infections/*NURSING HIV
Seroprevalence Louisiana *Pregnancy *Prenatal Care Risk Factors