Scottish board launches antenatal HIV screening:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The Greater Glasgow NHS Board is to offer antenatal HIV screening from July 2003. The programme aims to tackle the four-fold increase in the number of babies born with the disease in 2002, by identifying and treating HIV positive pregnant women, thereby reducing the chances of maternal transmission. Without antiviral treatment, the risk of transmission is about 15%. HIV positive mothers-to-be are also offered a caesarean section, which halves the risk of transmission. The current antenatal screening programme tests for a range of conditions, including anaemia, and other infections, such as rubella, hepatitis B and syphilis.