Include HIV Screening in Routine Prenatal Care

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Target: The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Goal: Add HIV screening to standard prenatal care

In the United States, 100 to 200 babies are born with HIV each year. While there have been strides made to eradicate AIDS, the number of women infected and of childbearing age is growing at an alarming rate. Unless interventions are put into place, the number of babies born with HIV could increase.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a campaign to fight prenatal HIV transmission. It’s called, “One Test. Two Lives.” This program encourages clinicians to include HIV screening in all normal prenatal exams.

Many women may not know the importance of an HIV test. They might not know they’re infected, and if they do, they may assume the baby has already have contracted HIV. Luckily, this is not the case. Treatment early in the pregnancy can greatly reduce the chance of transmitting the virus to the baby.

A battery of screening tests is often performed throughout a woman’s pregnancy. These tests are tailored individually to the mother, but commonly include tests for nuchal translucency, diabetes, down syndrome, various chromosomal abnormalities, hemophilia A, cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia, just to name a few. HIV screening is simple and effective; adding this test to those commonly performed would prevent the spread of HIV, and wouldn’t inconvenience the mother or risk the baby.

Sign the petition below and support the CDC’s efforts to include HIV screening as a standard part of prenatal care, and encourage the ACOG to support it as well. The test would not be required, but encouraged. “One Test. Two Lives.” educates clinicians on the importance of prenatal HIV screening, and provides them with tools to test pregnant women.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists,

In the United States, 100 to 200 babies are born with HIV each year.  I think this number is too high. When treatment begins early in the pregnancy, the risk of passing HIV from mother to baby is reduced dramatically. To combat the spread of HIV, and to save the lives of children nationwide, the CDC has implemented a program called One Test. Two Lives.

One Test. Two Lives. encourages clinicians to include HIV screening as part of routine prenatal care. This simple test can save a child from a lifetime of sickness. I urge you to support this program as well, and to promote screening among obstetricians and gynecologists. Together we can stop the spread of HIV/AIDS; early screening is an important part of that.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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